CHEAP PROVISION OF BIO-DEGRADABLE SANITARY PADS/NAPKINS TO WOMEN IN RURAL KENYA AND SLUMS.

Published on February 14, 2014 um 14:29

Summary of your idea

"A healthy woman is a healthy society" - Luo Proverb(Kenya).Recent studies conducted by COFEK (The Consumers Federation of Kenya) indicates that well over 85% of women in rural Kenya and those in shanty urban settlements(ghetto) like Kibera slums, do not use sanitary pads,and roughly only 5% of those women who can afford the towels dispose of them correctly. This affects the girl/womans health, hygiene and in some cases leads to cervical cancer as well as pollution of the immediate environment. Use of proper sanitary napkins will promote proper hygiene, regular attendance at school/work place as well as a healthy rural Kenya. We plan to introduce low cost, Eco-friendly sanitary napkins to the rural female population, schools and urban slum areas and spread awareness about proper use and disposal of sanitary napkins, for a healthy hygienic life. We have identified the proper design and material to be used for the napkins to provide utmost comfort and be affordable at the same time. All the materials will be completely bio-degradable. By establishing a manufacturing plant with qualified personnel the idea is so achievable within a short time frame. Thorough education of the locals and schools also is essential for our success in this project. Once implemented, the Idea will have immense potential to change the hygiene of millions of rural women and slums in Kenya.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

This Eco-friendly Sanitary pads project will directly impact the lives of around 68 women by way of employment.The number of Sanitary napkins manufactured per day is estimated to be around 5500 pieces which will reach about 1.5 million women every month during their menstrual cycle. This will also equally replace inorganic sanitary pads which pose a great environmental dangers to our rural villages and the slums. In summery it would promote social resilience, environmental pro­tection and restoration of nature through the concept of ecovillages as models for sustainable human settlements.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The business model divides the tasks and projection into three(3)main stages implementable in six(6)months.Step one(1) is to seek help from scientists & technical experts. This then is followed by running a complete sample package,assembling the complete unit for producing the sample pads on a large volume and try out a few sample runs. Step two(2) is to establish distribution channel through contacting various government and NGO run shelter homes for women, to establish a distribution channel for the sanitary napkins. We would sell to them at a very moderated prices that every woman however poor will be able to afford or be given free as subsidized by the government. Finally in step three(3) we shall establish a technical team whose responsibility to help build the plant and establish the first batch of product run.

Your profile

Having grown up with my younger sisters in a rural of Kisumu Kenya where sanitary towels were only a thing they could hear of or read about in news papers, I have come to understand how difficult their puberty and adulthood might have been. I am a practicing Pharmaceutical Technologist registered by the Kenya Pharmacy And Poisons Board since 2011.

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Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, health, sustainable energy, sustainable trade, empowerment of women, youth

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