In the Pipeline

In collaboration with BanaPads Social Enterprise (Uganda) and COSAD, ROMME Centre plans to establish a plant to manufacture affordable and eco-friendly sanitary pads so as to keep village girls in school and create jobs for local women. The first plant will be in Bukoba, Kagera and targets menstruating school age girls (10-19 years) and marginalized rural based women aged 20-50.

Anticipated project results over next five years include”

  1. 33,000 girls of ages 10-19 enabled to attend school
  2. 200 New jobs created for women of 20-50 years

BanaPads main objective is to link female menstrual hygiene research to community and industry needs. Currently, there is a large an unmet demand for affordable sanitary napkins for women and girls in Tanzania especially within the marginalized communities. Lack of access to and affordability of sanitary pads contributes to the high rates of absenteeism from school/work among girls and women. A rapid survey conducted by ROMME Centre has revealed that a girls misses school 4 days every month or 50 days in a year.

BanaPads products will be chemical free, affordable, eco-friendly and hygienic sanitary pads with anti-rash finish. BanaPads is to be produced in three varieties:

  1. With or without an adhesive that slips into knickers with special elastics to hold the pad in place.
  2. As an ultra-slim pad which is embedded into the underwear to become one entity; of which, can be disposed by flushing down the toilet/latrine.
  3. Compost with organic waste a potential resource of both nutrients and organic matter that can be used to replenish soils under pressure from traditional agriculture.

Project Financing:

  1. Company Owners: €188,182
  2. Soft Loan: €147,900 - (SatrtFund of The Netherlands has agreed to provide the loan after the discussions that took place in Dar es Salaam in December 2013
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