Period Poverty in Tanzania

This is a very thorough article by CNN on the need to address menstrual hygiene in Tanzania. The timing is impeccable as we just launched our Days for Girls enterprise. In the west we are fighting tampon tax, here we are simply fighting for access to menstrual health products.

A package of pads (8pads) costs $1 or more. Many families only have $1 per day or less, and may have 4-5 menstruating women in the family. Food, rent, water, power, school fees, medical bills, a lot of items are higher on the priority list.

 

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/03/health/tanzania-period-poverty-asequals-africa-intl/index.html

 

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Days for Girls Training!

Wow, what a great week we spent with the Days for Girls Team from Uganda!  Dennis and Azam made the long journey overland to come visit us in Tanzania, to teach our tailors how to make the pad kits and provide women’s health and business leadership training to the team.

So proud of us all, and everyone feels that our Ngorongoro enterprise is set up to be very successful!

We are ready to start producing!!  Now we will be looking for donors to fund kits that we can then distribute to communities (rural villages, school children, and hospitals)

Contact us directly if you are interested in being involved, or kits can be ordered through the Days for Girls website too!

 

Days for Girls Washable Menstrual Pads

As you may have seen we are starting a DAYS FOR GIRLS enterprise at our Boma Handmade Workshop!

We are registered and awaiting our official training session in November. I have been interested in this program for many years and even completed my ambassador training in 2016.  As luck would have it, FAME hospital has a donor that wants to make kits available to all their post partum Moms. This amazing donor has made it possible for us to have a little start up money, and even more amazing is the fact that we will have a regular contract to make up to 700 kits per year. This creates an actual job for a tailor and the kits will be reaching so many women!

As part of the program I will be reaching to potential donors and grants to purchase the kits that we can then gift to the community- such as at other hospital and schools for girls. More sales means more income for our tailors as well!  Let me know if this interests you!

Our recent GOFUNDME campaign for Harriet has also made this possible as now she has an awesome sewing machine to use; without it the start up process would have been a little trickier!

A little bit about days for girls below:

OUR MISSION & VISION

We’re turning periods into pathways.

Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. Together, we’re creating a world with dignity, health, and opportunity for all.

Our movement has reached more than one million girls — and counting!  With your help, we can reach Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.

It all starts with a DfG POD (Portable Object of Dignity), the basic unit Days for Girls Kit. PODs contain 1 waterproof shield and 2 absorbent liners. PODs are the seed for Micro-Enterprises, because they can be sold at an affordable price point, and women can add components in the future. Because DfG Kits last years, this is a timeline that works for many women. Days for Girls prioritizes using locally-available materials whenever possible.

The Supreme Days for Girls Kit is the deluxe version of a Kit, and what is made by our Chapters and Teams around the world.

You may notice that these Kits don’t look like traditional pads…and there’s a reason for that. The bright colors camouflage staining. The absorbent liners unfold to look like a washcloth, which allows women to wash and dry them outside in the sun without causing embarrassment. All of these design choices add up to a lasting, easy-to-care-for solution.

http://www.daysforgirls.org

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Boma La Mama Baby Products

We have started this awesome line of baby products in the village!  Our tailor Harrieth is amazing and items are turning out so well.

We are making baby carriers, sleepsacs, slippers, bandana bibs, crinkle and ribbon toys; using absolutely gorgeous kitenge fabrics.

We sold out our first order and have sold the second order that is in production.  We have a few custom orders in the works, and are applying to sell at the Arusha Christmas market. Harrieth is going to move into a bigger workspace where we will have a small store front too.

We are also going to make some baby body butter and diaper cream using locally sourced ingredients; coconut, aloe, honey, beeswax, shea….. mmmm

So pleased for Harrieth, for the beautiful products, and excited to see what the future will bring.

See more under Boma la Mama @ www.bomalamama.com