Danish firm Makit ApS has been awarded a small grant from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to further develop and market a menstrual cup for the Kenyan market. Makit is one of twelve companies that have been granted funds of up to 20,000 Euros in the first round of the Swedish Innovations Against Poverty programme.
Ruby Cup is a menstrual cup made of medical grade non-allergenic and non-toxic silicone that can be re‐used up to 10 years. Rather than absorbing the menstrual fluid like disposable products, Ruby Cup collects it during the period. When full, it is emptied, washed, and applied again. In order to ensure hygienic use, the cup needs to be boiled and stored between menstrual periods.
Makit has conducted a market study for the Ruby Cup in Kenya. The company aims to distribute its menstrual hygiene product through women-to-women sales in both Kenya and other East African countries.
The price of the Ruby Cup is unknown but the cheapest packet of sanitary pads in Kenya costs about 65-70 Kenyan shillings (US$ 0.70).
You can follow a discussion on the Ruby Cup on the SuSanA web site.
For more information see Makit’s page on the Ruby Cup on Facebook.
Source: Sida, 14 Sep 2011