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Name: Molly Hayward
Business: Cora, a provider of organic feminine hygiene products
Industry: Social Enterprise, E-Commerce
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Reason for starting: I wanted to ensure that no girl ever had to miss days of school during her period because she lacked access to affordable sanitary pads. I also wanted to offer women in the U.S. with access to safe and healthy organic sanitary pads and tampons in a convenient monthly box. So I created Cora, a monthly subscription service for organic menstrual management products. For every monthly box we ship to a customer in the U.S., we provide a month’s supply of sustainable, locally made sanitary pads to a girl in school in a developing country so she can stay in school, play with her friends, and be her radiant self, every day of the month.
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How do you define success? Impacting someone’s life through work that you love.
Biggest Success: Building the partnerships on the ground that allow us to impact the lives of hundreds and thousands of girls in developing countries.
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What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? Finding talented people with the brains, instinct, and heart that it takes to be successful in a for-purpose for-profit business.
Who is your most important role model? Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia. He does nothing by the books, lives and runs his company from the heart, and puts social responsibility and stewardship at the center of his business model. He is a pioneer and a role model for the next generation of entrepreneurs who want profit and progress.
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