| Sep 1, 2022
We thank you
It's been a long haul.
The history of our biodegradable sanitary pad project goes back to 2010 when speaking with Joyce Oneko in her lakeside village in Kenya. She told me that girls didn't have access to hygiene products and that some girls were prostituting themselves to buy sanitary pads. The thought horrified me but our mission is to not just fundraise for hygiene products but to create a woman's business that is sustainable.
The key to solving this problem was to make a pad that was very inexpensive and would biodegrade in a pit latrine or any rudimentary sanitation. Most importantly the women who made them needed to make a living wage. We started in India since the machinery was made in India and Urmi Basu, director of New Light and I were partners, and our decision was to create a business for women in the red-light district to earn a living free of abuse.
Twelve years later, we work with three women-run companies that are sustainable and make sanitary pads that are 100% biodegradable out of agricultural or other waste. All of the companies in India and Kenya have government approval and the products are comfortable and well-respected products.
Most of the women who run these companies are from marginalized life situations and one company was developed by schoolgirls who developed a pad made from sugar cane waste. All companies' use machinery as opposed to making handmade cloth pads that, even after being washed, hold on to bacteria. The women and girls are proud and know their worth.
The funds that are donated all go to buy pads for the most vulnerable girls in school in the local communities. Those of you who do a monthly donation champion sustainability by buying from the companies and providing pads for vulnerable girls to go to school during their time of the month. As humble as a sanitary pad is, the value is intrinsic in the confidence that girls gain knowing they can be confident in school all day.
Thank you so very much. If you would like to donate monthly, its as low as $12 a month.