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Dear mbongeni , Thank you for your effective and constructive feedback about our project!
In nutshell, there is not adequate supply source of water in these camps. However, with the aid of other partner organisations, such as UNHCR and UNICEF, we will work hand in hand to ensure there's adequate supply of water in the camps. Some of the benefits of this project is to supply cleaning equipment and materials for these projects to ensure that they do not cause any harmful effects onto the users. On the other hand, we will give intensive health care lessons to onto how to use and care for the products. In response to your concern about the beneficiaries already familiar with the use of improvised pads. The pads they are familiar with are the regular disposable products, which are ain't enough to the users. During the research we conducted, some kind organisations and individuals donate some of these products, but not in a quantity to accommodate all users in need. In family, that can not afford to have two meals a day won't mind about spending 800 Rwf to buy a kit of sanitary pads; that is why they will resort to cheaper, affordable and unhealthy methods of using pieces of old foam mattresses, cut blankets, old and unclean T-shirts, leaves, mud, animal skin, toilet papers, and back cloth ragsOur project will create a sustainable solution by training the users on how to produce the products locally using their own hands.

Thank you for the shared link about "Positive Deviance". I have navigated through it. It is indeed educative. I will go ahead and explore more about other projects they run.

In the mean time, I welcome any form of feedback from you and the people you may know, willing to help us achieve the goal of this project. Kindly share!


Everest commented on Sanitary Pads as Revenue Creation (SPARC)

Hi Kate Rushton ,

Thank you for tagging me in this great project from Plan International USA . I researched about this organisation and their projects. They are truly making an exciting job producing sanitary pads for women. Like any other organisation that has expertise in the field, I would be pleased to learn from their activities --and preferably extend the boundaries to partnership. Working together to extend services across boarders, going international. However, I have a concern on the usage of the vending machine. Besides the sales generated from the services provided from the vending machine, how are you able to track the progress and impact from the users? Vending machine, if brought to Rwanda would be a super creative way to distribute the products to the users. This is because here in Rwanda, it is somewhat a culture of shame for girls. They would prefer not to let anyone learn about this kind of nature they experience. I infer that majority of them would prefer to visit these machines to buy the pads.

Thank you!

Farah Alam Thank you for appreciating! We hope with the great support, this venture could generally eradicate this perpetual menstrual challenge, and create jobs to our target beneficiaries and generate developing social impact