FIGHTING MENSTRUAL POVERTY IN KENYA
Menstrual poverty is a global problem that affects women around the world. It has two dimensions. First - many women cannot afford to buy sanitary pads. Second - the sanitary pads are simply not there.
Average woman menstruate 5-7 years of her life.
Lack of hygiene products can make you feel deeply ashamed and embarrassed. Temporary poverty in developed countries is associated with a lower quality of life, low self-esteem and mental health problems.
In Kenya, many girls use unsanitary forms of protection such as sand, feathers and grass leaves. Some girls exchange dirty sanitary pads and some even engage in sexual intercourse to buy basic hygiene products to fight for their future.
Many young girls who do not have access to safe, hygienic products stay at home throughout the cycle, with huge consequences, such as expulsion from school, early pregnancy, or the subsequent lack of earnings.
It is estimated that about 1 million women miss school per month.
The help of distributing sanitary pads is important, but what if these sanitary pads run out ? After all, our cycle is every month! Average Kenyan women needs even two to three packages of pads while menstruating.
Another important aspect is disposal. An average sanitary pad can take up to 700 years to decompose. In Kenya, young girls bury dirty sanitary pads as there is no way to dispose of them properly.
Sewing Together reached out to Polish fashion houses seeking for help.
From their offcuts - we make pads !
All in a spirit of sustainable - zero waste fashion.
However, to make a pad we still need material like bamboo towel (350 KSH / 1m ) , press studs ( 15KS each ) , waterproof lawyer ( 200 KSH / 1m ), which costs a lot of money in Kenya.
Please help up by purchasing our PIN ,
which profit goes towards making pads in Kenya.
Asante Sana !
MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND TRY OUR REUSABLE PADS YOURSELF !
AND DON'T FORGET YOU ARE NOT ONLY HELPING THE ENVIRONMENT
BUT AS WELL WOMEN IN KENYA AS ALL PROCEEDS ARE DONATED TO MAKE PADS IN MOMBASA WORKSHOP.