Women all over the world struggle on a daily basis due to all kinds of issues that have become so preventable in first-world countries.
One of these difficulties is making sure young girls have the proper sanitary supplies to ensure they can go about their daily duties without trouble.
And that is why we are so excited to introduce you to Trinitas, Founder of Tina Pads in Malawi.
Just last year GreaterGood.org supported her with seed funding to start a menstrual hygiene business, and she is now on her way to distribute 17,000 reusable pads to girls across Malawi!
This solution not only improves hygiene and prevents girls from exposure of embarrassment, but it also seeks to address the 2 million girls in Malawi who miss 3-4 school days PER MONTH simply because of menstruation.
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Menstrual products (disposable pads and cups) are too expensive for most families who live on less than $1 per day. Simply put, disposable sanitary pads cannot be a priority on such a small family budget.
This inadequate access to sanitary pads leads to poor grades and low completion rates, setting young women up for a lifetime of financial struggle.
Our study showed that girls from poor families who started their menstrual periods stop going to school during their cycles.
They fear using traditional folded pieces of cloth, nyanda or mithethe, because they are soaked within a few hours and the period blood leaks through to their uniforms, exposing the girls to ridicule and embarrassment. This situation forces girls to stay home for all of their heavy period days.
Check out the link and the video below to both learn more about the program, and help make a difference to all of these brave girls.Whizzco