KiliPads is a social enterprise of women manufacturing and selling reusable sanitary pads in the village of Msitu wa Tembu, Kilimanjaro. The reusable pads are made with locally-sourced materials and are sold to women and girls in the community. Beyond profits, the business aims to provide an accessible, appropriate and affordable way for women to manage their menstruation with dignity. The product is introduced to women in the village alongside menstrual health education workshops in order to break the menstrual taboo and dispel misinformation about periods.
In early 2015, the women of KiliPads were trained by Femme on how to teach menstrual health in their communities. Femme empowered the women to host seminars in local schools, create safe spaces for beneficiaries, and share essential reproductive health information. Since then, the KiliPads team has reached 319 women and girls in rural schools around Msitu wa Tembu!
In September 2016, Femme and KiliPads established a partnership to provide participants of workshops in Msitu wa Tembu with a package of KiliPads after each workshop! This will give women and girls a safe and sustainable method of managing their menstruation, and removing the financial burden of menstruation. We are so proud to be working with this extraordinary group of women!