Huru Pivots from Sanitary Pads to Face Masks

By Micato Staff April 21, 2020

Micato Safaris is a major donor and proud supporter of Huru, which manufactures reusable sanitary pads—nearly 1,400,000 to date—which have been distributed in free Huru Kits to more than 175,000 girls in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Huru will continue to make these pads – because periods don’t stop for pandemics – but they are repurposing some of their production lines and fabric to make face masks, too.

30,000 masks and counting

So far Huru has manufactured an astonishing 30 thousand masks – half of which have been distributed with support from Micato – and plans to make many more.

Efforts are focused on getting masks to residents of Mukuru, one of Nairobi’s largest informal settlements, and not incidentally, the birthplace of Huru and the place where most of the Huru staff in Kenya staff calls home.

Naturally the ultimate goal, in the words of one Huru employee, “is to have everyone put on a mask in Mukuru.”

Huru is distributing masks to the most vulnerable residents of Mukuru and also providing starter supplies of masks to selected members of the community, who can then turn around and sell the masks to their neighbors and others in Mukuru.

A young girl wearing a mask and making a heart with her handsMicato is working with Huru to get these masks into the hands of the residents of Mukuru and others who need them the most.

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