TRIPS

ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIA
AUGUST 2019

Together with ‘The Numwa Mothers Sewing Group’ our founding seamstress’ of our reusable sanitary pad kits we travelled through Zambia by car starting from Zimbabwe where we embarked on the set up of 5 new self-sustained rural sewing groups and distributed reusable sanitary pad kits to the local schools.

Our aim was to assist and educate the local women, set them up in their own micro-business’ to produce sanitary pads for the vast quantity of women and girls within their communities rendering them self-sustainable. We also distributed reusable sanitary pad kits to school girls in the communities that we brought with us from Zimbabwe that had been made by the Numwa women.

It’s so heart wrenching to hear the overwhelming number of stories concerning menstrual poverty and the need for these woman to find solutions to the problem and the many requests that we have.  My intention is to take our project and make it as widespread as I can. There was a vast lack of awareness that a reusable sanitary towel exists and yet the solution is so simple – provide education and resources and allow these very poor communities to resolve the problem themselves.

ZIMBABWE, MOZAMBIQUE
JANUARY 2019

January 2019 we took Padding Africa one step further with setting up sewing groups in Sussundenga, Mozambique along with our founding women’s group from Hwedza, Zimbabwe. We set the new groups up with sewing machines and material and taught them how to make reusable sanitary pads and then how to run their own business making them for the communities in their area. We also distributed Sanitary Pad Kits to the local schools to the girls.

ZIMBABWE, ZAMBIA, BOTSWANA
AUGUST 2018

Car tour starting in Zimbabwe, through Zambia and Botswana and finishing back in Zimbabwe distributing 1500 reusable sanitary pad kits to schools and pilot trip to investigate the vastness of this issue.

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