Project #139 | Turning Periods into Pathways
Our partnership with Days for Girls
No girl should ever feel embarrassed or have to miss school because of her monthly period. Educating girls about their bodies is essential to changing their narrative from one of shame to one of celebration and empowerment. But education alone is not enough. Girls and women who live on less than $1.50 a day need a menstrual product that will last and work within the constraints of their income and environment. Without a solution, they rely on rags, leaves, or remain sitting in their rooms on a piece of cardboard.
We partnered with Days for Girls Africa to turn periods into pathways. Our partnership helped to expand Day’s for Girls’ Enterprise Program that teaches local women to sew and sell DfG period kits and to provide health education to girls. DfG kits include washable pads that can be reused for up to three years, providing girls access to menstrual products. The enterprise program supports local leaders by providing the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to deliver menstrual health solutions and education in their own communities. Women in the program attend workshops that include training in marketing, business, health, and sewing skills. This model builds a sustainable system to help generate income and pave the way to reaching every girl.
Our collective impact
Girls Received Period Kits
Whenever she had her period, the leaves and rags Christine used for absorption had a tendency to leak through her skirt. She was embarrassed and in need of a solution that allowed her to attend school and go about life as usual. Due to lack of access and a great sense of need, Christine was persuaded by her teacher who offered her sanitary pads in exchange for an illicit relationship. At age 14, Christine was pregnant and without a home in Nairobi, Kenya.
Christine’s personal story fueled her desire to provide for other girls in similar situations. She began sewing menstrual pads and learned about a local training program run by Days for Girls that offered advanced sewing techniques and business skills. Christine now employs 10 people and has sold more than 1,600 DfG Kits throughout Kenya. She is an example of what the Days for Girls pathway to dignity, health, and opportunity looks like — helping girls stay in school and empowering communities around the world create powerful, sustainable solutions.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our girls’ empowerment fund.