A group of women stand together in brightly colored clothing and hijabs

MaryBennah Nasimiyu Kuloba, BEPADS Project

Date grant awarded: December 27, 2016

Menstrual hygiene management is a major issue affecting the social and welling of girls of reproductive age in Stone Town, Zambia. The lack of sanitary towels and information have caused this demographic to fall victims of providing sexual acts in exchange for pads, early marriage and increased school dropout due to absenteeism rates. MaryBennah Nasimiyu Kuloba has established the BEPADS Project, working towards empowering young women through sustainable solutions. MaryBennah trains women on the construction of the washable towels while also conducting workshops.