Impact : Upper East Region
PeriodLink x GAYO
1. Reusable Pad Project
Climate Crisis and Gender Inequality
The climate crisis is a reality for hundreds of communities in Ghana. In one specific community in the Upper East region of Ghana called Kurugu, the lack of rain and prolonged dry seasons have meant that harvest seasons have shortened and that many families have lost their main source of income - as their crops fail to grow without the necessary water. This has not only had negative economic impacts on families but has also heightened gender inequalities in the area.
A lack of income means that many families do not have the necessary money to be buying hygienic menstrual items for their daughters. In Ghana, the most common form of menstrual item is the 'handmade alternative' which often consists of old rags, tissue, or cloth but can also be made of leaves and other unhygienic materials. This is not only a primary source of infection but also often does not provide enough protection leaving girls embarrassed and unwilling to go to school whilst they are menstruating. In this community, 66.7% of girls miss school every month.
The Project: Kick-starting Local Businesses
PeriodLink x Green Africa Youth Organisation’s reusable pad start-up project aims to work alongside the Kurugu community to tackle these issues. We will be supporting these communities in starting up their women-led businesses focused around making reusable sanitary items.
These businesses will provide them with an alternative (and local) source of income that is sustainable and that they can take charge of. In doing so, this project will financially empower young women, as well as give them the leadership skills to make their communities more resilient in the wake of the climate crisis.
A team of around fifteen young women will be trained in how to make reusable menstrual pads. The reusable pads present an environmentally sustainable alternative to single-use commercial pads and a much more safe and hygienic alternative to the various forms of makeshift sanitary items or ‘homemade alternatives’ currently used by local residents who cannot afford to purchase commercial pads. The pads produced in Kurugu will be sold to the community at a minimal price in an attempt to combat period poverty in the village. In addition, the proceeds from the sold pads will go towards paying the wages of the women producing them, to create a self-sustainable business owned and run by the Kurugu community.
To get this project on its feet as soon as possible, we need your help to purchase the machinery and materials necessary to start production. Every donation helps and we can!