In 2014, Dr. Lewis Wall spent eight months as a Fulbright Scholar in Ethiopia at the College of Health Sciences, Mekelle University, working to improve residency education in obstetrics and gynecology.
The Walls and the Coatneys worked with Mekelle University and Freweini to establish a partnership, and Dignity Period was born. Today, Dignity Period is expanding our work in Ethiopia to fight period poverty in places like St. Louis, MO and beyond.
Mariam Seba Sanitary Products Factory
Mariam Seba Sanitary Products Factory, owned by Freweini Mebrahtu, is a local business with huge social impact.
Not only do they create a high-quality product, but they also hire and train local women. Learn more about the factory here.
Freweini has been named a CNN Hero of the Year finalist for her work to change the cultural stigma around periods.
Dignity Period partners with a university in Ethiopia to conduct research and provide educational support to the community. We also partner with a local factory, owned and operated by Ethiopians, to provide reusable sanitary pads.
Mekelle University is a leading federal university with a reputation for collaboration and high-quality programs in Ethiopia.
We partner with Mekelle University to conduct research and provide education throughout the region.