In 2019 Shuari founded Moraka Menstrual Cups, an initiative to raise awareness of period poverty and provide a cost-effective, hygienic, sustainable and affordable alternative to disposable period products. Shuari has worked with The Period Place, Endo Warriors Aotearoa, BOP Pride, Tautoko Mai Sexual Harm Support, Waipua Hauora, The Tauranga Women’s Refuge, Lions, and Rotary Clubs to spread awareness and donate cups to people in the community. She won the 2019 YES Entrepreneur of the Year for the Bay of Plenty and in 2020 Moraka Menstrual Cups was runner up for BOP Business of the Year. She has been a finalist for the Girls in Business award and a YES community award. The Victoria University Feminist Organization and Women’s Collective have invited Shuari to work alongside them plus she puts energy into educating people about period poverty through socials and her podcast Once Upon a Feminist – all while studying Politics and Criminology at Victoria University.
I ask Shuari:
How did you get started in all of this?
Why is education about menstrual cups so important?
How does switching to reusable products impact the health of the globe?
How does a cup work?
How do you clean a menstrual cup?
What makes Moraka menstrual cups unique?
How old do you need to be to use a menstrual cup?