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.