Estnart Gondwe – Bolero Women Build: Women and Girls Empowerment Project
Bolero Women Build is a women-led and women-run community organization, in Bolero, a small rural town in Northern Malawi. The goal is that by 2025 the women within northern Malawi will be empowered to make their own decisions and be financially self-sustainable. To do this, Bolero Women Build has started a handful of projects that help support the empowerment of women and girls, such as opening a pre-school, starting a community banking group, opening an environmentally sustainable rocket-stove café run by women, and beginning tailoring lessons on how to make sustainable, reusable sanitary pads.
A grant from The Pollination Project will help them to purchase a sewing machine and other sewing material that will allow more women and girls to learn how to make reusable pads and will enable more pads to be constructed in less time. This is important for the women as they will have their own income separate from their husbands, as well as for girls who will receive the pads, enabling them to stay in school during menstruation.