We will help Kenyan girls to go to school every day of the month by providing them with Kenyan made reusable sanitary pads – the BeautyWaps!

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The project

Societies where women play an active role have best chances to develop sustainably. If all girls had 12 years of education, child marriage would drop 64%, early births would fall 59% and child deaths under 5 would decrease 49% (Source: UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/14).

 

That's why we must enable all girls in the world to go to school!

 

 

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But did you know that many girls can't go to school up to 70 days each year, because of their period? In Kenya, 60% of all women have no access to period protection. That leads to schoolgirls being unable to go to school when on their period and as a consequence the period weakens women's position in society.

 

I find that unacceptable!

 

So from May 2014 to January 2015 Racheal Kitui – a biotechnologist and social worker in Nairobi, Kenya, and I started a project to solve this problem. Check out the video here, about how it all started.

 

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Our goal was to see if reusable sanitary pads - the BeautyWaps – would help girls to go to school despite menstruation. And they did! The headmaster Dixon Owaga said more girls go to school all days of the month, instead of staying home up to 20% of the time while having their period. Look at the video with their testimonials!

 

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Then Racheal did the necessary field research to find out how to manufacture the waps locally and what a Kenyan waps-kit would contain.

 

Now we want to get it done!

 

So the project's goal is to set up a Kenyan BeautyWaps- production so that Kenyan girls get access to nice, comfortable and healthy period protection so they can go to school on the same terms as the boys.

 

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Why fund it?

Now the waps are produced in Sweden, but it makes much more sense to produce locally, so the ones destined for Kenya produced by Kenyan women, for Kenyan women. That's what we'll do! It will enable the development of a BeautyWaps concept which is ideal for local conditions, it will minimize the environmental footprint and it will empower local communities.

 

Watch this video where Racheal explains the necessity of Kenyan BeautyWaps.

 

 

With 10 000€

- a small scale sewing facility in Nairobi will be set-up

- material will be purchased

- training will be provided to the tailor

- the first supply of All-Kenyan-BeautyWaps to schoolgirls!

 

With 20 000€

- a small scale sewing facility in Nairobi will be set-up

- material will be purchased

- training will be provided to the tailor

- the first supply of All-Kenyan-BeautyWaps to schoolgirls!

- more schoolgirls will get waps

- the schoolgirls will receive mentoring and sex-education

 

With 30 000€

- a small scale sewing facility in Nairobi will be set-up

- material will be purchased

- training will be provided to the tailor

- the first supply of All-Kenyan-BeautyWaps to schoolgirls!

- more schoolgirls will get waps

- the schoolgirls will receive mentoring and sex-education

- handicraft training for the older schoolgirls will be organized to learn how to sew waps and give them a chance to make a living from working with BeautyWaps.

 

With 40 000€

- a small scale sewing facility in Nairobi will be set-up

- material will be purchased

- training will be provided to the tailor

- the first supply of All-Kenyan-BeautyWaps to schoolgirls!

- more schoolgirls will get waps

- the schoolgirls will receive mentoring and sex-education

- handicraft training for the older schoolgirls will be organized to learn how to sew waps and give them a chance to make a living from working with BeautyWaps.

- Sales channels will be developed to make the Kenyan BeautyWaps-activitiy self-sustainable

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Marie Aichagui

I grew up in Sweden with three cultures: Swedish, Moroccan and French. Because I wanted to understand how the physical world works, I became a physics engineer. After several years as project manager in German industry for Indian projects, I wanted to use that experience to have a positive impact on people and the planet. That's why I founded the company... See more

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Félicitations pour cette collecte réussie!
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Excellente idee
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Un grand projet! Bravo!