This project will buy a sewing machine that does baby-lock to enable a women's sewing group in Uganda to sew an affordable good quality pad, this women's group was trained by Mountains of Hope together with Nourish UNC to sew their own sanitary pads two summers ago, these women will make affordable pads to sell to local organizations who will buy them for needy girls in rural schools.
school girls in rural areas in Uganda can not come to school when they are in their menses, yet their parents can not afford the expensive pads sold in local markets, the community has been trained to make pads but it lacks a machine to make a better pad, a sewing machine worth $700 can change the entire community in a minute
The women will be making sanitary pads in bulk which they will sell cheaply to the schools and in their community, the affordability will enable girls to be retained in school, the project will employ over 30 women as well as make money for them, the family income of these women will change, they will also be taught marketing skills
These women group will in the long run be able to supply local NGOs and other government institutions with affordable locally made sanitary pads in large quantities
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