Elizabeth Scharpf

Founder and CEO of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)

Focus Area: Women’s and Girls’ Empowerment

Scharpf is currently Founder and CEO of Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are overlooked, often times taboo, but can have a huge social and economic impact. SHE’s first initiative is SHE28 which addresses girls' and women's lack of access to affordable menstrual pads in Africa, Asia, and South America causing them to miss school and/or work. SHE is currently helping women roll out a business model in Rwanda manufacturing and distributing affordable, eco-friendly menstrual pads by sourcing local, inexpensive raw materials (e.g., banana fibers). Most recently, Pulitzer Prize and New York Times winner Nick Kristof featured Scharpf and SHE in his last book, following recognition from Harvard Business School, Echoing Green, MIT IDEAS, the Clinton Global Initiative, UNESCO, Buckminster Fuller Challenge and Stanford Social Ventures, among others. She also was just asked to join Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board.

Sustainable Health Enterprises is a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked as vehicles of social and economic change. Its SHE28 initiative helps women start social businesses to manufacture and distribute affordable menstrual pads so that girls and women can more confidently participate in school and work.

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