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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Hello and welcome to the She for She movement!
Thank you for acknowledging that something as natural as menstruation should not hold anyone back. Together we can empower girls and women to pursue their futures!
This is why I think the She for She movement is important:
Name of product: She for She
The Product: Reusable Pads
In Uganda and many other African countries, there exists a major issue with girls and women not having access to menstrual products. 2 out of 3 Ugandan girls don’t attend school, while they are menstruating.
This prohibits their opportunities for progress and limits their futures, as they are restricted to their homes during their periods. This leads to schoolgirls missing school, which results in poor educational performance as well as them dropping out completely.
Some NGOs do however dispense plastic pads, and although it may seem like a good idea, as it allows women to manage their bleeding better, there are some issues associated with this.
Sanitary facilities in many places are not suited to accommodate plastic pads, and taboos regarding menstruation result in women digging their pads down into the soil.
This causes environmental problems and the plastic pads also create unnecessary waste. She for She is here to change that by giving the girls and women access to recyclable pads.
Although there already exists reusable pads in Uganda, the quality of the product is unfortunately not up to standard, and they are simply too expensive. She for She is here to turn that around and make reusable pads that all girls and women can afford to buy.
Who is going to make the pads and where are they going to be made:
She for She reusable pads will be produced by women from the Ugandan village, Mateete, I was born and raised in. She for She will be working with the organization GIRL CHILD ADVOCACY INITIATIVE, an organization that teaches women how to operate sewing machines. Through this cooperation, we will be able to create and offer jobs to the women the organization focuses on.
Many of the women from GIRL CHILD ADVOCACY INITIATIVE, have contracted AIDS, and have acquired unwanted pregnancies and therefore are often seen as outcasts. We want to help the women to take control back in their lives by providing them with jobs, so they can have a life where they are able to sustain themselves. To start with, we will employ about 10 women.
Some of the women have already made pilot She for She pads, which have been tested by school girls in Mateete, and the feedback couldn't have been better! She for She pads gave the girls the possibility to remain in school during their entire daily schedule along side their classmates without any issues.
What happens when we have raised the money:
I myself will be moving to Uganda in August 2017 in order to establish the company.
The first month will involve buying the sewing machines, the materials, hiring employees, registering the company and promoting the company.
Our goal is to produce 2 million pads during the first year, and sell the pads all over Uganda as well as promote them at various schools.
Risks and challenges
Starting a business in Uganda, will be different than starting a business in Denmark. The actual registration of the company might take longer time than expected due to the different ways of processing in Uganda compared to Denmark regarding business start-up registration. Nevertheless I have become familiar with the legal system in Uganda during my internship in the Ugandan Parliament, and have relatives and friends ready to assist me if needed further .
There further could be a delay in the production of the quantities of pads as for now we don’t know how long it will take for the employees to produce one pad. As such when we begin the actual process of producing, we will know exactly how long it takes.
Moreover as some of the materials will come from outside of Uganda, as they are not produced in Uganda, this might affect our production schedule.
As I have written a couple of articles, I will offer you the opportunity to have one-on-one class on how to put your thoughts down on paper and get them published. This will be a two day class with 4 hours in total.