The Lily Pads

by Aliénor Descours de Guernon in Dewe

We did it
On 11th August 2017 we successfully raised £1,938 with 48 supporters in 56 days

Empowering women and girls in remote areas of Uganda by teaching them new business skills and educating on health and hygiene.

by Aliénor Descours de Guernon in Dewe

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?


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 or do not hesitate to send us an email on, we'd love to tell you more about us. 



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

With £10, you would help the team grow the number of women we can teach to every day! To thank you, we'd like to add your name on the 'Webale Nyo' wall on our website!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

This is enough training material for the team for a whole month! To thank you, you'll get a personalised thank you card with a picture of our team in Uganda and of course your name on the 'Webale Nyo' wall on our website.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You've just allowed the team to buy a new second-hand overlock machine! To thank you, we would like to send to you a thank you magnet with a picture of The Dewe Project, and of course, add you name to the 'Webale Nyo' wall on our website.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

That is one month salary for 2 staff members or a bright and shiny new modern sewing machine...! To thank you, we'd like to send you a customised calendar with pictures of Dewe and Uganda and of course, add your name to the 'Webale Nyo' wall on our website.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

Enough money to buy training material for a whole year?! For so much generosity, we'd like to send you a Ugandan craft surprise item and of course add your name IN BOLD on the 'Webale Nyo' wall on our website.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Your generosity has no limit... £300 would allow the team to buy ALL material supply (training and pads) for a whole year... That is worth a personalised thank you craft surprise item handmade by the ladies in Dewe! And of course, have your name in bold and in the 'VIP' section, on the 'Webale Nyo' wall.

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