Turning Periods into PathwaysDays for Girls
One Day’s Wages is partnering with Days for Girls to provide women and girls with washable menstrual pads (DfG Kits), health education, and increased income from participating in their Enterprise programs.
Why DfG Kits?
No girl should ever feel embarrassed or have to miss school because of her monthly period. Educating her about her body is essential to changing her narrative from one of shame to one of celebration and empowerment. But education alone is not enough. Girls and women who live on less than $1.50 a day need a menstrual product that will last and work within the constraints of their income and environment. Without a solution, they rely on rags, leaves, or remain sitting in their rooms on a piece of cardboard.
ODW + Days for Girls
One Day’s Wages is partnering with Days for Girls Africa to turn periods into pathways. Our partnership with Days for Girls will expand the Enterprise Program that teaches local women to sew and sell DfG kits–which include washable pads that can be reused for up to three years–and to provide health education to girls. The enterprise program supports local leaders by providing the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to deliver menstrual health solutions and education in their own communities. Women in the program attend workshops that include training in marketing, business, health, and sewing skills. This model builds a sustainable system to help generate income and pave the way to reaching Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.
Your support will help sponsor the launch of new Enterprises in 8 African communities and provide needed DfG mentoring to Enterprise leaders, ensuring they are successful in reaching thousands of girls across the continent.
Join us in empowering local women to provide DfG kits and health education to girls in 8 countries across Africa. The progress bar above includes ODW’s intended match of $12,500 for a total grant of $25,000. Give today to double your impact!
Whenever she had her period, the leaves and rags Christine used for absorption had a tendency to leak through her skirt. She was embarrassed and in need of a solution that allowed her to attend school and go about life as usual. Due to lack of access and a great sense of need, Christine was persuaded by her teacher who offered her sanitary pads in exchange for an illicit relationship. At age 14, Christine was pregnant and without a home in Nairobi, Kenya.
Christine’s personal story fueled her desire to provide for other girls in similar situations. She began sewing menstrual pads and learned about a local training program run by Days for Girls that offered advanced sewing techniques and business skills.
Christine now employs 10 people and has sold more than 1,600 DfG Kits throughout Kenya. She is an example of what the Days for Girls pathway to dignity, health, and opportunity looks like — helping girls stay in school and empowering communities around the world create powerful, sustainable solutions.
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