Significant correlation between lack of sanitary towels and ingress to sexual exploitation persist and evidently reiterates especially in our day to day involvement with our target population and this remains a particular challenge for low-income women and girls. Formative research shows that girls face monthly challenges, with 65% of women and girls in Kenya unable to afford sanitary pads. (Alexander, Kelly, et al. 2014)
Immediate opportunities exist to better support adolescent girls’ MHM in Kenya, including improved access to timely menstruation and puberty education, improved product access and affordability for low income consumers, integration of girl-friendly features into sanitation design and infrastructure, and political advocacy for improved MHM.
MHM in Kenya is a multi-dimensional problem;
• Education and Awareness: Girls receive inadequate education on menarche, puberty, and MHM, and lack the necessary information channels for ongoing support, mentorship, and knowledge.
• Products: High costs and distribution challenges limit the accessibility of disposable pads to the majority of low-income girls and women, especially in rural areas. There is an increase in low-cost sanitary pad enterprises but their reach is still limited.
• Sanitation: Awareness of WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) needs for proper MHM exists, but MHM is still under-prioritized given significant gaps in access to sanitation facilities in urban, low-income settings.
LBSI through positive partnership aims at transforming lives by improving access to affordable menstrual products to girls and women in Naivasha Sub County and our solution revolves around five key objectives.
1. Improving access of menstrual products to girls and women in low income areas.
LBSI intends to introduce SANITARY ATM DISPENSERS to Low income areas such as Kihoto, Karakta, Mithuri, Kabati, KCC. The ATM will make it possible for the girls to purchase only a single towel as opposed to a whole packet.
2. Providing sanitary towels that are affordable to the low income households.
LBSI will work towards providing the women/girls with a slightly low cost sanitary towel compared to the market price.
3. Ensuring that the low cost sanitary pads meet the quality standards set by the regulating bodies and are safe for use.
4. Developing a distribution model that will benefit women economically while solving the problem of menstrual pads accessibility.
5. Developing a business model that is commercially sustainable even with bare minimum subsidization in the medium term or without any long-term financial support.