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 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.
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.
FOR 5 GIRLS
FOR 10 GIRLS
FOR 25 GIRLS
FOR 50 GIRLS
Marketing supplies are necessary for promoting the product in the community.
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 $)
Total amount: (35$)
Training hand‐outs are very useful for both workshops within the community and at schools.
1 leaflet = 200 TZS
Estimated total amount for what is needed:
Leaflets: 1,250x200 = 250,000 (125$)
Total amount: (125$)
The local coordinator is still needed in the first phases of running the business.
1‐month remuneration = 300 000 TZS (150$)
Total amount of what is needed:
Remuneration: 300 000 x 6= TZS (900 $)
Total amount: (900 $)
To improve and provide the best option of the reusable sanitary pad to the community, funding is needed to continue research and development.
Research of innovative materials = 250 000 TZS (125 $) Development of alternative pad styles and sizes = 250 000 TZS (125 $) Total amount: (250 $)
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.
The KiliPads group is formed! Here they are so focused in the class to create the first prototypes.
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.
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.
First samples are finished! Here the women test the absorbency of the pad.
Jessica, new TATU coordinator, arrives from France to conduct health and business trainings with the women.
The women are making great progress! The business rents their first shop for production and sales.
The business has their first order! The women are really motivated and happy to start this new phase.
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.
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.
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.
The women present their product at International Women’s Day event to other NGOs and women’s groups.
Focusing on upgrading the quality of the pads and getting the approval from the TBS process to scale up the project internationally.
"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)