This project has been established to train 250 rural women from disadvantaged backgrounds to become sanitary pad sales agents and distribute pads in areas where they are not commonly available.
In Tanzania, 80% of women and girls don’t have the ability to manage their periods hygienically due to a lack of access to purchase sanitary products as well as lack of ability to pay for them. In mountainous and rural areas, pads are almost impossible to find in stores, even if girls could afford them.
Each woman will be trained in basic business and financial skills and learn how to sell quality, reusable sanitary products to girls and women living in regions where they’re not currently easily accessible. The newly trained sales agents will also receive 6 packets of sanitary pads to get them started with their new business.
Those interested in funding this initiative have the opportunity to meet directly with Dr Lucy Odiwa, the local Tanzanian Just Peoples project leader who has designed and will deliver this project, via video call. They'll be able to learn more about the local context in rural Tanzania and determine whether supporting this project will help them meet their goals of contribution.
Following the delivery of this training, the project funder will have the opportunity again to meet directly with Lucy to hear her reflections about the impact that the initiative has had for the sales agents as well as the women and girls in their wider communities.
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