Marie-Claire Kuja
Founder & CEO, KujaEcoPads

Marie-Claire is the Founder and CEO of KujaEcoPads, an innovation that uses banana stem agro waste and technology to manufacture and distribute Cameroon’s first 100% biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads made from highly absorbent banana fiber. She is a women and girls ‘empowerment champion with a strong passion for women’s health and wellness. Her social venture has won many awards and accolades both nationally and internationally. She is the winner of the honourable Commonwealth Secretary General Sustainable Development Innovations Award 2021 in the People Category for innovating Cameroon’s first 100% biodegradable sanitary napkins from locally sourced banana stem agro waste.

Marie-Claire is also among the 99 African women champions in the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa Programme 2022. As a social entrepreneur, she works to reduce poverty through economic empowerment, mentorship and coaching. Her company also commits 5% of the profits to the cause of empowering women in local communities.