TACKLING PERIOD POVERTY
The cost of sanitary products is prohibitive for most girls and young women, meaning they have to miss out on several days of learning each month.
St Peter's Life-Line have built a custom designed micro-factory at St Peter’s, Kajuki.
We have purchased the necessary manufacturing equipment and materials to manufacture 120,000 sanitary pads, in our factory. There is further opportunity for microfinance in action as local women will be trained and employed.
These low/no cost sanitary pads, will initially be prioritised to schoolgirls.
We have partnered with Loving Humanity who have helped us to purchase equipment and materials, which includes training to make the sanitary pads. This is a well tested route already developed and successfully operating in the refuge camps of the Middle East.
Note: Because of the blood curse factor, reusable/washable sanitary pads are not acceptable by the women at present - we have tried! So we have to make disposables. Because of the blood element they will never be carelessly thrown away. In most cases they will go down the family earthen ‘long drop’ loo, and in schools we will provide communal incinerators. We are currently trialling the use of silicone menstrual cups, but quite understandably some resistance to these, which is ultimately the totally sustainable solution. But… for various reasons there will aways be a need for sanitary pads,