KiliPads


We believe that every woman and girl has the right to manage her menstruation with confidence and dignity.

A women-run social business, producing and selling reusable sanitary pads

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About KiliPads project


KiliPads is a social enterprise of women manufacturing and selling reusable sanitary pads. The business aims to provide an accessible, appropriate and affordable way for women to manage their menstruation with dignity. The product is introduced to Msitu wa Tembo (Tanzania) and surroundings coupled with menstrual health education in an attempt to break the taboo around speaking about menstruation and dispel the misinformation spread about this natural process. Addressing the psychological toll of menstrual mismanagement is equally as important as the practicality of the physical product, hence the two‐dimensional approach of this venture.

The product


The reusable hygienic pads consist of two parts: a holder and a pad. The holder is made from durable tetron material, inside of which there is waterproof bambino. The holder has flexible wings that button underneath underwear to keep it in place, and is equipped with two ribbons to hold an absorbent pad. The pad is made from cotton fabric with a layer of absorbent towel inside.

Every KiliPads pack consists of two holders and three pads, as well as a set of instructions and plastic bag to hold used pads until they can be washed. The product has been tested by several women in the Msitu and Moshi communities, and has received excellent feedback. According to these test results, the cotton feels comfortable, and the pad is easy to use and wash.

EMPOWERMENT
Empowerment
Enable girls to take control of their bodies. Help women achieve authonomy through a sustainable income selling these goods.
EDUCATION
Education
Train women and girls on women’s health and improved menstrual health management
ENVIRONMENT
Environment
Reduce waste from non-reusable products
EQUITY
Equity
Increase gender equity by helping women and girls to participate fully in daily life, and keeping girls in school during menstrual periods.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Entrepreneurship
Support local entrepreneurs to generate income, achieve financial sustainability, and tackle issues of menstrual health in the community.
HEALTH
Health
Reduce menstruation-related infections by encouraging healthy menstrual management practices and offering alternatives like KiliPads

The KiliPads team

MARIAM

MARGRET

SARAH NGINA

Project manager

Support KiliPads


Although KiliPads are designed to be affordable for women in Msitu wa Tembo and surrounding villages, girls in school often do not have the funds to purchase KiliPads for themselves. For this reason, KiliPads is still in need of 1000 packs to distribute this academic year.

5 KiliPads packs

FOR 5 GIRLS

Donate 25$

10 KiliPads packs

FOR 10 GIRLS

Donate 50$

25 KiliPads packs

FOR 25 GIRLS

Donate 125$

50 KiliPads packs

FOR 50 GIRLS

Donate 250$


Other ways to help


Marketing supplies

Marketing supplies are necessary for promoting the product in the community.

Costs:
1 flyer = 50 TZS
1 Poster = 200 TZS
Estimated amount for what is needed:
Flyers: 500x50 = 25 000 TZS ( 15 $)
Posters 100x200 = 20 000 TZS (10 $)
Total amount: (35$)

Donate 35$

Training hand‐outs

Training hand‐outs are very useful for both workshops within the community and at schools.

Costs:
1 leaflet = 200 TZS
Estimated total amount for what is needed:
Leaflets: 1,250x200 = 250,000 (125$)
Total amount: (125$)
 
 

Donate 125$

Wage for the local coordinator

The local coordinator is still needed in the first phases of running the business.

Costs:
1‐month remuneration = 300 000 TZS (150$)
Total amount of what is needed:
Remuneration: 300 000 x 6= TZS (900 $)
Total amount: (900 $)

Donate 900$

Research and Development

To improve and provide the best option of the reusable sanitary pad to the community, funding is needed to continue research and development.

Costs:
Research of innovative materials = 250 000 TZS (125 $) Development of alternative pad styles and sizes = 250 000 TZS (125 $) Total amount: (250 $)

Donate 250$

Timeline KiliPads


  1. July 2013

    TATU and Anza hold the first focus group with women who were interested to learn more about this potential project. They discussed the issues and most common problems in feminine health and hygiene.

  2. August 2013

    The KiliPads group is formed! Here they are so focused in the class to create the first prototypes.

  3. March 2014

    First TATU coordinator, Sandy, arrives from France to work with the KiliPads project for 6 months to help the women prepare their business plans. The women begin to practice their sewing skills on 2 newly acquired sewing machines.

  4. August 2014

    Rebecca, new TATU coordinator, arrives from the US to continue working with the project, first as coordinator for 6 months, then as supervisor until now.

  5. October 2014

    First samples are finished! Here the women test the absorbency of the pad.

  6. January 2015

    Jessica, new TATU coordinator, arrives from France to conduct health and business trainings with the women.

  7. April 2015

    The women are making great progress! The business rents their first shop for production and sales.

  8. August 2015

    The business has their first order! The women are really motivated and happy to start this new phase.

  9. October 2015

    New coordinator, Anna, arrives from Poland for the next 4 months. She helps the women develop their training curriculum for schools and women’s groups and finalize their business plans, along with Femme International and Anza.

  10. January 2016

    The design is finalized! Thanks to Anna, Ancilah the coordinator from Anza and TATU, and Maggie, Anza’s project coordinator, for assisting the women in developing the improved design.

  11. February 2016

    The women held their first training at the Msitu wa Tembo Secondary School, engaging a group of 45 girl students in a lively discussion about women's health and menstruation and the benefits of using a KiliPad! It was a huge success and they will be repeating the training several more times for other students.

    The women from the KiliPads project delivered their first menstrual health training in the community! They educated the Kazi na Sala women's group on healthy menstruation management and introduced the KiliPad product.

  12. March 2016

    The women present their product at International Women’s Day event to other NGOs and women’s groups.

  13. End of 2016

    Focusing on upgrading the quality of the pads and getting the approval from the TBS process to scale up the project internationally.

Testimonials


"I make the pads, I use them and I’m very proud of our results."
Mariam (KiliPads member)
"Women empowerment , that's what we look for and this is a clear example of this: women empowering women of their own community."
Daniela ( founder director of TATU Project)
"I'm proud of Kilipad project because it improve and change the live and thinking capacity of kilipad ladies and community. It give them pamanent employment and make them to have other income generating activity, they are able to market there product and providing feminine health training to to the community and hygiene this help to reduce stigma on menstruation in the community. Real I'm proud with kilipad project."
Ancilah (Project coordinator in 2016)
"I've been involved in this project for a year and a half, and have witnessed the incredible advancements the women have made. I´m so proud of the positive changes the women are bringing to their own lives as well as the lives of the women and girls in their community!"
Rebecca (KiliPads supervisor)

Let's Get In Touch!


Every contribution will be a step towards running a more successful, sustainable business and will have a great impact on the future of many girls and women in the community. Contact us:

Project run and created by:

TATU Project
www.tatuproject.org