Boma artisanal soap coming to Canada! A fundraiser for Boma la Mama Birth Centre…

Boma la Mama Fundraiser!

We are excited to announce that will be making a shipment of soap to Canada in July and want you to buy some!

Soaps are only $5 (CND) per bar, and $3 will be donated to Boma la Mama Birth Centre!

Soaps are handcrafted with natural ingredients in Tanzania, East Africa!

See below for varieties!

Contact

bomaafrica@gmail.com

to make you order! Asante!

www.bomaafrica.org

Tiramisu Soap Charcoal soap made with fresh cow’s milk citrus and anise essential oil.

Charcoal being porous is supposed to draw toxins and help acne prone skin.

Cocococonut Soap Made with triple coconut- coconut oil, coconut cream, coconut fragrance oil/ This is a goat’s milk soap and so creamy and lovely.
Wildflower Soap Wildflower and cane sugar- a lovely soap with great lather and scents of a flower bouquet including lavender, geranium, chamomile, and lilac
Turmeric & Honey Soap Tuermeric, the super food is combined with honey, cedarwood, patchouli, lavender, and anise in one of our best sellers.
Simba Shampoo Bar This shampoo has castor oil and beeswax to gently wash and protect the hair shaft. Made with peppermint, tea tree, lavender, and grapefruit essential oil it leaves your hair fresh and clean.
Wild Aloe Soap Aloe vera harvested locally from the rift valley wall makes this skin loving soap wild and natural!  Scented with lemongrass oil.
Karatu Clay Soap This soap is made with local clay and a delicious earthy, forest and cinnamon scent.
Milk Chocolate Soap This is made with Tanzanian cocoa filled with amazing antioxidants.  A goat’s milk bar, it’s luxurious and looks and smells like a delicious piece of chocolate.
Baby Toto Soap Simple goat’s milk with just a touch of honey and lavender. essential oil. Perfect for sensitive skin.
Passion Soap Fruity passionfruit- a tropical bar that is made with real passionfruit and smells divine.
Honeycomb Soap Made with Tanzanian honey and honeycomb this soap is great for dry skin and smells like nutty honey with a hint of nectar.
Kilimanjaro Coffee Soap This exfoliating bar is made with locally grown coffee grounds and fresh brewed coffee., It has a sweet and and spicy African fragrance of resin, pine, patchouli and citrus…
Baba la Baba Soap Made with real beer from Tanzanian breweries this soap has amazing cleansing properites and lather. It has a more masculine/ fresh scent.

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 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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Non Profit Business for LK Kindergarten

Excited to announce that we are planning to start a non profit business devoted entirely to the LK Kindergarten class.

It will be an animal husbandry project. We’ll start with 8 goats and 60 chickens. We’ll build them a nice shelter, and hire someone to care for them. They will live up the rift valley wall, at the Boma land. They will lay lots of eggs and have lots of babies!

An initial investment of $2500 should then generate apx. $2500 annually for the school. This will free up some Boma Africa funds for expansion, improvement, more toys, better playground,… oh my!

BOMA AFRICA VOLUNTEER TANZANIA SCHOOL

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