This is Babalwa Mbuku, the founder and CEO of Ntombam Sanitary Towels, Babalwa sold her car in 2017 to start a sanitary pads brand.
Ntombam Sanitary Towels is a 100% woman owned company, based in East London in the Eastern Cape. Ntombam has achieved levels of success over the years in operation. There core mission is to restore the dignity of a vulnerable girl child and reduce the high rate of school absenteeism by providing quality and affordable sanitary towels which they believe are a basic need.
Mbuku was inspired by a young girl who once said she preferred to get free sanitary pads from government instead of a free education, she has received some support for her business, having partnered with Vodacom in a CSI project in the Eastern Cape and being part of an incubator programme by the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities.
Babalwa was in the top 25 of the 100 Most Influential Young South Africans of 2019 for social enterprise and philanthropy.
Ntombam sanitary pads are sold in 37 retail stores & also it has sanitizers and wet wipes.