Made FOR Ugandan women, BY Ugandan women
The Lily Pads project, aims at the empowerment of the female community of Dewe, and beyond.
The prototyping phase being a success, the project is now in its implementation phase and to fulfil its necessary empowerment objective, the project needs a funding of £ 10,000.
We propose you to be part of it in helping us reaching this target.
Webale Nyo (Thank you very much)
The Lily Pads project is a three years initiative held within Dewe Project’s organisation to provide the means and the adapted trainings around producing and using reusable and sanitary clothpads.
This project will allow not only the empowerment of the women and girls of the village through the learning of new skills. It will also educate on the topic and break a taboo which has been leading to more and more drop outs from school and therefore a high percentage of illiteracy amongst the female community of Dewe.
What will this project really bring?
According to the UNICEF, “1 out of 10 African schoolgirls skips school or drops out of school”.
This is what Dewe Project’s Lily Pad initiative is aiming to reduce by empowering those girls and teaching them the importance of their role in the society.
Later on, the aim is to broaden the outreach, cover neighbour villages and spread it across all remote rural areas of Uganda.
So here are our objectives: give the tools to become self-sufficient, educate the female community, break a taboo and offer a sanitary & low cost solution.
How do those pads work and what makes them so special?
MATERIAL & PACKAGING
The Lily Pad team has on purpose chosen recyclable materials for their pads which can all be purchased in Uganda.
The cloth pad is made at 80% of cotton and the rest of nylon. To add to its African made style, the design team has chosen to do the binding with chitenge. There won’t be any carton/plastic/paper packaging as four cloth pads, the equivalent of a year supply, will be provided in a stylish chitenge bag, reusable as well.
This is part of the commitment of the Dewe Project organisation to protect the environment as well as provide support to the communities.
Now, where are we at?
The team has finished the market research, selection of materials and design, as well as the testing of the pad.
We have therefore entered the second phase which is the training of the ladies of the community. Already the enthusiasm is immense and the turn up high.
In order to keep on this highway of success, the team is hoping to gather enough funds from official institutions, individual contributors, friends of the project, etc, in order to buy them training material, take the time to teach them the skills, invest more machines (modern and unbreakable if possible!!) to broaden the outreach and start scaling up the project.
So how can I help?
Tiny, small, medium, big, enormous... we would welcome any size of contributions on this page with open arms!
We have set ourselves a target of £10,000 which we hope would help us kick off this project, properly train the women of the community, buy the material needed and scale up the project a bit to give it more exposure and long-term prospects.
Here's a glimpse of how we will use the funds:
Thank you so much to all of you for having read this whole description from top to bottom and we hope you have enjoyed it!
If you want to learn more about The Dewe Project, mother-organisation to this initiative, please visit our website http://thedeweproject.org or do not hesitate to send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, we'd love to tell you more about us.