The story of EdcoMe started out in late 2016 from a Nepalese washroom. On the wall of the toilet stall, a campaign advertisement was showcasing that every fourth girl misses school due to menstruation in Nepal. After returning to Finland, Ronja Holopainen began thinking of solutions to the issue. As a result, the idea of a new type of reusable menstrual pad began to shape up. Through many stages, the pad has shaped itself into a functioning product.
The name EdcoMe comes from the combination of the two main products: EcoMe (Ecological Me), which is a reusable menstrual pad and EdMe (Educate Me) which is a free mobile app for Android users.
EdcoMe is a project aiming to provide information as well as a concrete solution regarding menstruation. We are aiming to give people a wholesome view about menstruation through an informative app and booklet and a reusable menstrual pad. Our aim is to aid the ones who are in the largest need for menstrual hygiene products; namely women and girls living in rural areas in low-income countries. Due to this, one of our goals was to use long-lasting and affordable materials.
Together with each of our products, we include a booklet, which has the same informative content as the EdMe-app. The booklet includes information regarding topics such as menstruation, puberty, the EcoMe product and its caring.
Ronja, the creator and founder of EdcoMe began thriving for global change at the age of fourteen. At 16, she began creating EcoMe, her vision for a more equal future for all. Her vision for an equal world has led EdcoMe to being a not-for-profit product and a lifetime project.