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Noelah Timonah's New Entry: Re usable sanitary towel

Nairobi, KenyaWajir, West pokot, Kenya
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

A reusable sanitary towel is product that can be reused for the whole year. one used its disinfected, washed, dried and stored for the next month.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if all girls and women can contribute to develoment of our country?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Absenteeism in schools due to lack of sanitary pad. Unequal competition in school since girls are not comfortable. Low self esteem in girls. Reduced productivity in women because they can go about their activities freely.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Increase in confidence and self esteem among girls No absenteeism Equal competition Increased productivity


Best innovation during University of Nairobi innovation week, Best innovation in terms of gender equality during Nairobi International Trade Fair week, Best innovation of the year during 10th Pathways Annual Conference
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Being reusable individual acquires a package only once and that is enough to take her for the whole year. She is able to save the money that she would have bought the disposable ones for food and other purpose. Its friendly to the skin and their skin irritation is completely avoided. Its made out of locally available materials like pieces on old clothing-there is recycling of old clothes into something that is of importance. It can be handmade.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

So far we have trained how to make them 327 girls in Vihiga, Kiambu and Kakamega counties. We gave the materials and detergent to take them for the whole year. From the skill they are now making for their parents and their sisters. We anticipate the product to reach every poor and needy girl and woman in rural areas, slums and marginalized areas .

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Advertising in girls schools. looking for well wishers to help financially so as we are able to reach more poor girls.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Government has tried to purchase the disposable pad but most often its not enough to distribute to girls in schools for the whole year. Also what is in the market is made of synthetic material which reacts with skin causing skin irritation. The proposed project is made of pure cotton material which is friendly to the skin. also from the technology used it can last for the whole year, its washed after use , dried and stored for next time.

Founding Story

We started as a group and our aim was to give back to our society through mentorship. It was through mentorship that we discovered the girls we were mentoring were having difficult times during their menstruation period. since they could not afford to buy monthly the disposable pads they were using pieces of dirty blankets and mattress. some were using cow dung and some opt to have sex for money so that they buy pads while others miss school. we came up with a reusable pad which is handmade from locally available material , washable and reusable for the whole year to help them


Shadrack Mukoya-Founder and C.E.O Noelah Timonah-Co-Founder and Managing Director Elkanah Wanyama-Tresurer and Accountant Ian Mmbihi- Secretary Elizabeth Nato-Ass. Secretary Nyonga Triza-ICT Personnel Petronnila Khatenje-Advisory The team am working with are all volunteers and the are still students in the University of Nairobi. They work part time and out of their studies timetable. As the project grows they have a chance of being employed either full time of part time.