Nearly half of schoolgirls in Budondo Sub County, Uganda have difficulty accessing sanitary pads due to the high cost of disposable sanitary pads available on the market. As a result, these girls use materials found at home, such as old clothes, bedding, and grass, and often miss school due to the stigma associated with menstruation and their inability to afford sanitary pads.
Near the school, there is Kyomya Savings Group (KSG) composed of the parents and caretakers of some of these children who seek to develop a reusable sanitary pad that can be sold in local markets to provide a source of income that will go directly into the savings fund. The Kyomya Primary School hopes to gain the skills necessary to make their own pads so that the girls will be able to perform better in school without the discomfort or regular absences associated with makeshift sanitary pads. The GESI team worked with these two community groups to develop a prototype for the pad and acquire sewing machines for the community as well as the materials to help the community establish their business. The community hopes to expand to other products in the future to continue increasing savings.