Maya Penn is a 19-year-old award-winning founder and CEO of her sustainable fashion brand Maya’s Ideas. She is an eco-designer, 3-time TED speaker and author who consults for major fashion brands on how to shift and incorporate more eco-friendly and sustainable practices in their companies.

While interviewing Maya for her Mini-Doc, she continued to impress us by sharing that she used her skills in sewing and fashion design to start an initiative where she created eco-friendly sanitary pads for women and girls in developing countries. She has shipped these pads to healthcare facilities in Haiti, Senegal, Somalia and more.

While Maya helps pave the way for other young entrepreneurs, she has more concepts in the works for gifting grants to young women of color who are on their way to starting their own companies. Learn more about Maya by watching her Mini-Doc above, and by visiting her website: Maya’s Ideas.