Introducing myself and my journal: Lunalife

Madeleine Shaw
Posted May 5, 2010 from Canada

About Me: I'm a Canadian entrepreneur, environmentalist, feminist and Mom. I am a co-founder of Lunapads, a small business dedicated to providing women with eco positive alternatives to disposable menstrual pads and tampons. I am very interested in finding ways to share our business knowledge and support with other women wanting to start similar businesses in developing nations.

My Passions: Motherhood, gardening, women entrepreneurs

My Challenges: Builidng a healthy, profitable business and developing my capacity as a leader

My Vision for the Future: More women-owned and led progressive businesses

My Areas of Expertise: Relationship building, strategic planning, product development

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  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    May 05, 2010
    May 05, 2010

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Katie McDonald
    May 05, 2010
    May 05, 2010

    Hello Madeleine,

    Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features, which I encourage you to explore.

    If you are not sure where to start, I suggest going to the Voices Rising section. Here you can view and comment on the latest posts. It is available here:

    Joining the PulseWire Lounge is also a great place to start. This group is at the heart of the PulseWire culture and can be found here:

    I look forward to hearing more about your life.

    Best wishes,


  • Sharese
    May 06, 2010
    May 06, 2010

    I love LunaPads! That is so cool that you are one of the co-creators. Welcome to World Pulse. Your spirit definitely will love it here.

    There are many people to connect with here on World Pulse who have similar passions for women and leadership in business!

    Again, Welcome!

    Much Love,


  • Auma
    May 09, 2010
    May 09, 2010

    Welcome here! I would love to hear more from you about the pads project and how it all started! Maybe we could borrow a leaf over here!

    Love from Kenya, Leah.

  • My
    Jun 15, 2010
    Jun 15, 2010

    Hello Madeleine,

    I'm Anne-christine (d'Adesky), a co-founder of PulseWire with Jensine and a longtime women's advocate as well as journalist. I was working in Rwanda for a while but recently turned back to Haiti post the Jan. 12 earthquake, where my father was born. I launched a new group that is actually housed at PulseWire, PotoFanm+Fi, and we are a group of mostly Haitian diaspora and feminist advocates. We've launched a first campaign - to help get more 'Dignity Kits' to help women in the camps. They also need underwear. I know from past reading that Luna Pads has an advocacy campaign for Africa, related to helping girls stay in school (that's fab!) and I wonder if we could discuss our new campaign, possibly do some partnering and visioning about what we hope to do with/for Haiti. I love your company and the vision and would be so happy to do something like this to make Luna Pads more visible in Haiti and globally too.

    My bigger, bolder vision is to see if there's any way to put in place a manufacturing /income gen program for newly disabled Haitian women and I just thought of disposable sanitary pads after looking at what people make. But if Luna has that type of vision - global partners in manufacturing - I'd love to discuss too.

    Ideally, I'd love to do 'matching' type fundraising for donations including in-kind donations of this campaign called 'Action for Dignity'. The campaign is just starting and I'm hoping to really work hard to bring in various partners and also focus on the messaging regarding women's dignity and rights to be free of sexual violence. I was in Haiti twice - just back recently.

    If this sounds possible, can you email. I'm out of town this weekend but back on Wed the 23rd.


    Anne-christine 415-690-6199