- 29 Jul 2022
Why Ohhs - Founder's Story
Like so many women, I have unpredictable periods. I found myself in so many situations (at work, school, out with friends) where I needed a change of underwear but there wasn't a convenient solution for me to choose from besides looking for the closest store or pulling out my trusted ziplock bag of underwear.
A few years ago I was complaining to my mother about constantly ruining my good underwear during my period and she suggested creating something that works for me. That was the beginning of Ohhs.
Growing up my mother used to say to us “Banna bange, muli banaku” which roughly translates to “My children, you come from sorrow”. In Uganda, it’s a colloquial phrase used to remind us to remember where we come from and appreciate what we have. So I've always known that if I had the opportunity to create a business of my own, I wanted to create a product that felt good with a business structure that served a greater purpose and embodied all that my mother has instilled me. As I was conducting research on the market, I found that millions of girls drop out school due to menstrual stigmas within their communities or simply a lack of resources. If I didn’t have the opportunity to come to the states, I may have been one of those girls. To honor my past, my purpose has become to make a difference in a girl’s life one day at a time while creating something simple for every woman. This is why we donate our underwear to women's shelters and a percentage of our profits are donated to non-profits providing menstrual resources to school age girls around the world.