Greenpad Concepts, Ondo - Akure
In many rural areas in Nigeria, lack of access to affordable sanitary pads causes school girls in Nigeria to miss 4 or 5 days in school every month. As a result, many girls in primary/secondary school never complete their education. GreenPad Concepts aims to manufacture eco-friendly, affordable and disposable sanitary pads using local agricultural by-products that are hygienic, good quality and best of all, bio-degradable!
In 2007, Damilola attended a computer science course, where he learned how to use Microsoft applications and Corel draw. He later turned that into training others in his community. Prior to that he had no access to computers.
As an entrepreneur, Damilola started working on initiatiaves associated with farmers. During that time, he discovered that many farmers daughters were missing school 4-5 days per month, and ultimately dropping out. Damilola recounted a specific example where one day, while visiting with a farmer and his kids. he noticed that the daughter had a stain on her outfit, and let her know. When he asked how she dealt with menstruation, she told him of using insufficient means, and that the embarassment is often so big that they stay away from school during that time. He's been working on this idea since.
At the bootcamp, Damilola's learned how to stay focused on his market segment, yet stay open towards expansion opportunities. He's also learned more effective means of team management, and to set up success criteria.