There have been campaigns in both poor rural and poor informal urban settlements to provide adolescent girls with sanitary protection and help bridge disparities between adolescent girls and boys both in primary and secondary education in Kenya. Although these campaigns still go on, the impact has been minimal and this is mostly due to the expenses incurred by the organizations – who mostly rely on donor funding – who will buy disposable sanitary pads and there by becoming very hard to sustain the project.
Reusable Sanitary Pads are a sustainable and easily renewable resource that allows girls to wash and reuse them rather than having to buy disposable pads every month. In addition, they are comparatively inexpensive and environmentally friendly. The social benefit of the implementation of this concept greatly mitigates the disadvantages and challenges many disempowered girls endure during their process of maturing. So far MCFpanairobi distributed re-usable sanitary pads worth Euros 4,000 to over 30 schools as a pilot project. It is envisioned that in 2015 MCFp will be able to produce the pads with the women/teenage mothers in our project. The project will be a livelihood project that will not only employ women/teenage mothers and ensure they meet their basic needs through the income they get but also provide a very basic commodity at a cheap price that is durable that will ensure girls continue with their education uninterrupted.