Mhairi Cochrane




Fellow Class

Issue Area

SVC Selected


Mhairi is in her third year at the University of Edinburgh studying History. She is co-founder of Lilypads, a social enterprise that strives to end period poverty across the globe by providing affordable, reusable sanitary products and menstrual health education. Lilypads currently works within rural Kenya where up to 65% of women are unable to afford sanitary products and consequently, many young girls are forced to dangerously engaging in transactional sex or drop out of school. However, Lilypads recognizes that period poverty is in no way an issue unique to Kenya and is currently working to expand to 3 new countries. As COO, Mhairi balances her studies with leading a team of volunteers. Herself and her team manage and develop the Kenya branch of Lilypads and the Education side of the venture which aims to combat period stigma and raise awareness surrounding period poverty around the world.

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