Train and Empower Adolescent Girls on How to make Reusable Sanitary Pads

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Explain your idea in details:

OBJECTIVES: ±To provide training on the production and management of re-usable sanitary kits to girls and women. ±To increase access of vulnerable adolescent girls to comprehensive menstrual hygiene management knowledge and risk awareness of HIV&AIDS among girls. ±To reach women that live in the informal settlements and give them an alternative product that fits their budget and enables them go on with their lives normally. ±The project will ultimately help fulfil the girls of rural Rwandas academic potential and help us stimulate rural industry and employment too! The hygiene levels will go up and women/girls will have their dignity back and proud of who they are and what they can achieve. ±To improve their self-esteem and confidence. INNOVATIVE APPROACHES AND ACTIVITIES: In Rwanda, a country where most families are below the poverty line, what seem like regular everyday occurrences in almost all provinces are quite often major issues. Every month millions of women struggle to deal with issues surrounding menstruation. Sanitary pads are simply too expensive and out of their reach. They therefore have no choice but to use pieces of old foam mattresses, cut blankets, old and unclean T-shirts, leaves, mud, animal skin, toilet paper, bark cloth rags and even chicken feathers instead of a sanitary towel. A culture of shame and embarrassment forces them to keep silent about this practice which is responsible for a significant proportion of illnesses and infections associated with female reproductive health. We would like to provide hands on training to the girls and women in the local communities on how to independently make, clean and care for reusable sanitary kit so as to improve girls access to effective, sustainable, affordable, eco-friendly and safe menstruation products that are sufficient to meet the sanitary needs of a girl for more than a year.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

A big number of girls in Rwanda do not have access to any form of sanitary protection, obstructing good education, economic and social activities. This does not only affect an individuals life and career prospects, it affects the entire community they live in. There is also very little formal support, education or understanding about puberty and sexual health. Fear, superstition, and embarrassment about body changes lead to low self-esteem. Sex can be used as payment for towels and even planned pregnancy in under-aged girls is used to avoid monthly menstruation. Therefore, girls are more prone to dropping out of school, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Through providing training, this affordable, durable, environmentally sound solution enables girls or women to produce the products within their own homes This innovative approach that distributes knowledge and skills, through existing community links that is then brought back to the grass root to help facilitate making the pads are long-lasting and sustainable. Materials will be sourced locally and get labor from the local community thus enabling us provide employment to the community, minimize on costs of production and with additional capital we will be able to save on bulk purchases. By allowing adolescent girls stay in school, prevents early marriage and pregnancy allowing these girls to advance in their education and become successful thus adding a lot to the nations GDP. By incorporating families into the educational campaign, parents will see the value in educating girls, thereby improving the value of a daughter in a culture that exhibits male-child preferences. The availability of affordable reusable sanitary towels to girls in poverty-stricken areas will enhance the enrolment and retention of girls in school thus having a long-term impact on an individual girl and her community development.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

Implementation Plan 1. Organizational Awareness and Approval Identify key stakeholders and committees needed to approve the initiative and policy Schedule meetings with various key stakeholders and leaders to pitch about the project. Obtain the legal approval policy. 2. Documents and Materials Procurement Develop training forms and communication materials Purchases the all the necessary equipment to enable the project go live. Find suitable locations to hold training programs. Identify most stricken areas to focus on in the start-up plan of the project. Maintain surplus of supply of materials during the implementation plan. 3. Communication Plan Publish articles and adverts for recruiting employees. Create emails and send to the staffs periodically. Distribute posters for training. 4. Education and Training Plan Identify trainers and schedule train-the-trainer sessions using training content and tools. Identify preferred training session times to enable us determine the most convenient time. Schedule presentations with various groups within the established training locations. Schedule new meetings with stakeholders to update them about the progress of the project. 5. Follow-up and Evaluation Conduct informal oral surveys to determine staff knowledge familiarize with the expected training program to the trainees Check some keys areas after four months of implementation to assess how the changes have been integrated. Communicate progress to the board of administration and stakeholders. Assign questions to the trainees to assess how they are quickly getting familiar with the training program and style.

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Your profile

Everest Bahati: He is a business student at Kepler University, Rwanda. He has passion for business, technology, especially with a relation in HealthCare Management. He has active studied about the reproductive health education of women, and believes that such world's challenges can be transformed into opportunities when invested in the generation. After 4 active years in community development, due to the activities and awareness of the challenge, through innovation of this idea could eradicate the existing challenge --and transform this challenge into development opportunities to the young generation. Regardless of the hardship and struggles, he is passionate and motivated to be problem solver to the real world challenges. He is currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Health Care Management. With these skills he have obtained and internalised over vigorous years of education and experience, he strongly believe that all challenges have got solutions. And therefore it is his role as an ethical citizen to find solutions to the challenges facing our communities.

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August 31, 2017 23:36

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.

August 31, 2017 23:10

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,

August 31, 2017 23:10

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,

August 31, 2017 23:09

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,

August 31, 2017 22:02

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 20:52

All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 20:23

In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 18:16

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 17:21

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:43


August 31, 2017 09:16

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 31, 2017 07:30

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 30, 2017 23:31

SK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 22:16

Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 20:34

Dear fellow entrepreneur:
(i) I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
(ii) May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
All the very best!

August 30, 2017 19:23

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 06:21

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.


August 30, 2017 02:32


This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 13:55

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 29, 2017 03:01

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 19:36

Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 15:33

Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!

August 27, 2017 16:47

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 15:48

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 01:34

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 19:56

your idea is unique and very much useful for girls and women as it will be more economical and cheap to use this

Great work\'
kindly suggest your points on my idea education application

August 26, 2017 18:58


To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at:

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 15:38

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 08:23

Hello Everest!

Thursday's Inspiration from YCEC; 'The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.' - Richard Bach

As you progress in working hard to see to the improvement of the World through your idea, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 24, 2017 12:11

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 22:55

Dear friend,
You might have seen my IDEA called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan. If not, may I please urge you to have a look. And if you like it, may I please ask you to vote for it and even forward it to any of your friends? I will be really obliged.
Regarding your entry: what a nice proposal! And equally impactful initiative. I was discussing the various ideas and projects in my home and yours was one of the proposals that we discussed. Congratulations and keep it up. I had a couple of questions; please answer them.
Keep up the good work. Yours truly, Shuhra

August 23, 2017 14:33

As we are about to the very end of this competition I give you a bit of encouragement and yet the fact. The competition may reach to an end but the efforts you have shown to your community is great and long lasting, People may come and go but ideas stays forever. This platform is like a family or a classroom where we share all our strength and experience to solve Community challenges.
Your idea is real life touching and I hope you're making more good progress to take it into its full potential no matter what challenge you may face..Never give up.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala

August 23, 2017 14:05

After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 08:42

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view;

All the best to you in you Idea!

Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 11:31

Thank you Everest.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.


August 22, 2017 09:53

Dear Everest Bahati
I hope you're making good progress whether the competition is on progress or not but this idea of yours should make more progress towards its full implementation. Congulatulation for the efforts you're making.
Never give up.
Best of luck!

August 22, 2017 07:24

Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,

August 21, 2017 15:53


your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck

August 21, 2017 15:53


your idea is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck

August 19, 2017 22:23


I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your work!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 19, 2017 10:18

I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copy the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,

August 18, 2017 14:08

Hi Everest,

I must say that this is an awesome idea that will impact greatly on the girls and women alike as stated in your overview. It's really disheartening to know the situation of girl's and women's inability to get essential items as sanitary pads for their own hygiene but it's also delighting to know your vision and I fully support this.

It will not only provide them with a very suitable alternative but will provide both employment and financial source for them all.

I hope this idea grows even outside the border of your home country.

Also in the same spirit of community I'd want to invite you to also see my idea of "Eradicating poverty and unemployment via teens empowerment" and give me your support too!

You can find it here

Kindest regards

August 18, 2017 06:43


This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
It looks promising and executable
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

Good luck

Shuhra Koofi.

August 16, 2017 17:29

Hello Everest!

Your idea is a nice, as it is cost effective compared to the alternative ones, thereby combating poverty. I have a question;
What is the hygienic level of the reusable sanitary pads as young girls and women will be using them?

I wish you success!

Best of Luck!

August 11, 2017 16:17

Good day Everest, your idea is purely a welcome one especially when you consider the cost of sanitary pads and how it is almost impossible for young girls to afford. It is truly an idea that is most needed in your region as you said. I also like the part in your idea's description where you said it is also hygienic this is very okay. you have balanced your product affordability and quality which is the essence of a good entrepreneurial strategy. wish you success all the way. thank you again and thank you for making girls in your country gain back their self pride.

June 8, 2017 19:10

This is really a great idea. I cannot wait to share it with girls because I infer that they really need this information and to support this idea. This is because I think that once this idea is implemented; it will highly improve girls' life. I declare that girls should not be negatively impacted by how they are naturally created. It is a fact that they cannot change their reproductive system, but this idea can help them to control it. Implementation of this idea will help girls to have equal opportunities to education as boys. They will no longer miss classes.

May 25, 2017 22:19

This is really an exciting idea! The governments of nowadays tend to ignore such minor challenges, but they, in fact, give birth to bigger challenges. Like increased school dropouts and girls are exposed to genital related infections. Given support, this idea could create a positive impact.

Good luck!