Can you share more about CORA's mission – how you started and how the story has evolved?
I’ve always been interested in economic development and social impact through business. When I had the opportunity to volunteer in Kenya many years ago, I heard from many girls that they were missing school and staying home during their periods. It was during that trip I knew I wanted to create a brand that could represent the modern, conscious woman while helping to provide period products and education to girls in need around the world. Shortly after my trip to Kenya, I created and launched Cora.
Millions of girls lack access to adequate menstrual products around the world. For every month’s supply of Cora sold, we give a month’s supply of sustainable pads to a girl in a developing country such as Kenya and India. In India, we partner with an organization that supports adolescent girls’ education and produces an innovative, plant-based, biodegradable brand of high-quality sanitary pads.
At Cora, we believe that every woman should have access to safe and effective ways to manage her period. Since 2016, we’ve provided five million pads to girls in need in India and Kenya, as well as 100,000 products to women in need in the U.S. to ensure they can experience their periods with the health and dignity they deserve.