Over 500 million people worldwide lack access to menstrual supplies.
Period poverty can lead to urogenital infections, feelings of shame, and absenteeism at school and at work. 1 in 3 girls in South Asia miss school during their period. HER works to address the complexities and challenges of period poverty.
How It All Began
In early 2020, Manyasiri Chotbunwong was diagnosed with the menstrual disorder Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) after losing her period for 8 months. She began talking to her friends and former inmates at the House of Blessing foundation about their menstrual issues.
Upon hearing stories of girls missing school during their periods due to shame and lack of menstrual supplies, Manyasiri was inspired to develop reusable, affordable, and effective period-care solutions for women - that initial intention and action gave birth to HER.
Manyasiri Chotbunwong launched HER at age 15. Before that, she founded The Union, Thailand's 1st Interscholastic Student Newspaper which she currently leads as editor-in-chief.
Manyasiri has worked with her school's health department to create new lessons on menstrual disorders, and successfully proposed to have boys and girls learn about menstruation together for the first time.