Sustainable Menstrual Hygiene Project

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Zenith Bank
1016948001
Girls for Dev Goals Foundation

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OUR GOALS

Enabling Girls in school.

by providing her with washable, multi use pads we give her an opportunity to participate fully in school.

Empowering Women

Enabling financially independent women make smarter choices about their menstrual hygiene and the earth

Reduce plastic pollution

According to research, a women uses an average 16800 pads, tampons n panty liner in her lifetime. It take 500-800 years for plastic laden pads to decompose.

Sustainability.

Switching from disposable pads to our reusable pads reduces 16,800 pads per woman by 70%

Drive

Many women are unaware of the risks they undergo while unceremoniously going through their monthly ritual, hoping it would be less painful. What they are ignorant of, is that the sanitary pads that they use have become a silent health threat over the years. For instance, the cellulose in the slim super-absorbent pads can cause cervical cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. And besides that the plastic in conventional pads irritates the Vagina and causes itching, the Dioxin, Plasticiser and Deodorants present in these pads and tampons can equally cause abnormal tissue growth in the reproductive organs, lead to multiple organ damage and even cause infertility and birth defects. But imagine an eco-friendly, healthier, cost effective Sanitary towel that brings fashion and comfort to menstruation and reduces the number of pads a woman uses in a lifetime by 70%.

Our History

Benny&Freddy has been around for a while inspired by two extraordinary people – Apuamah Benedicta and Fredrick Apuamah – who embarked on a journey of exploration and opportunity. They’re organisations outside Nigeria and our dream is to bring to our country a brand that can stand these organizations. We also believe that as much as out goals are similar, our intentions or intention for starting may be different hence We don’t see the need to join them. However, we won’t give away the opportunity to partner or collaborate with as it’d be good to have such leverage to grow.

Like the Chameleon we keep changing to add value

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Zenith Bank
1016948001
Girls for Dev Goals Foundation

At an awareness function

I attended an all girls boarding school for 6 years and it opened my eyes and mind to all the challenges women and girls face during their periods. This spored my interest in menstruation and the Reusable Sanitary Pad. My team and I started distributing pads to girls to keep them in school during their periods. After a while we realized that this approach wasn't sustainable hence we developed the Reusable Sanitary Pad which is a more sustainable and eco-friendly approach.

We started by distributing disposable pads and realized it isn't sustainable

The solution is what our Reusable Sanitary Project addresses.

Mission

To help women make sustainable, healthier, economical, eco-friendly and smarter choices about their menstrual hygiene

To address this need, my team and I have produced the Reusable Sanitary Pad from local cotton & body friendly materials with aesthetic designs, perfume-free and unbleached.

For implementation of the project, a lot of work is to be done on advertisements, advocacy and campaigning to publicize the project and the advantages of our project over the conventional sanitary pads.

We anticipate competition and pressure from conventional brands who have been in the market longer and have grown multinational.

We hope to have impact on girl education especially in rural communities as studies have shown that girls miss school during their periods because they cannot afford conventional pads and want to afford embarrassment from their male classmates.
We also hope to on the long run reduce drastically plastic pollution and climate change from the indiscriminate disposal of the conventional plastic laden pads.

A sanitary pad set out to fill the gap of the current pad designs that is failing women and girls.
And on the average, a woman disposes off around 16, 800 Sanitary pads in a lifetime, which is a major concern as these pads are non-biodegradable and cannot be recycled. This also places an environmental limitation and increased pollution.

Many consumers have issues with irritation or rashes from the plastics/chemicals in standard pads because most sanitary pads company use chlorine-bleached wood pulp as an absorbent, but Benny pads are Our all natural materials are carefully chosen for sensitive skin and lasting comfort, providing a rash and irritation free experience for women and girls. It is made with cotton materials because of its highly absorbent properties, and the environmental and social benefits of its supply chain.

To support the project, see details below

Zenith Bank
1016948001
Girls for Dev Goals Foundation

When we mobilize girls and women, their communities and our world grow stronger.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

The enterprise aims to reduce absenteeism among schoolgirls in rural and poor communities, create a distribution network of female entrepreneurs and establish sustainable independent micro-businesses.

We are changing the status quo through quality menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generating opportunities that give back days of opportunity and health.

Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers, and even cow dung to manage their menstruation.

Goals

  • Bringing 3,300 girls aged 10 – 19 in rural areas back to school, thus increasing access to education.
  • Enabling financially independent women make smarter choices about their menstrual hygiene and the earth
  • Creating alternative livelihoods for women to create businesses that benefit the entire community.
  • A Global Community that upholds the dignity, empowers and protects the rights of every Girl Child.education.
  • To provide sustainable solutions that will improve the well being of the girl-child by working collaboratively with partners.
  • Reducing the 30 million tons of waste that goes to local landfill or garbage dumps by using recyclable materials.
  • Improving the conservation of the natural world through community environmental education.
  • Reduce plastic pollution.
    According to research, a women uses an average 16800 pads, tampons n panty liner in her lifetime. It take 500-800 years for plastic laden pads to decompose.
  • Switching from disposable pads to our reusable pads reduces 16,800 pads per woman by 70%

To support the project, see details below

Zenith Bank
1016948001
Girls for Dev Goals Foundation

Our eco friendly pads is the answer to this puzzles

Nuggets

  •  We teach about menstrual health to young girls, boys, parents, community leaders, influencers and teachers. We are expanding this goal this year. Please purchase your copy of My Body #NoShame to teach a young girl about her body!
  •  Enabling girl in school by providing her with washable, multi use pads we give her an opportunity to participate fully in school.
  •  Our products are manufactured by sewers who are building their own business. We skill, teach and provide a safe place to manufacture.
  •  Our pads last approximately 48 months. For each washable pad we replace 144 disposable pads. Our pads are ecologically friendly and should be worn by every woman who care about our planet. We also comply with 10 out of 17 of the Global Sustainable Goals.

Our Products Overview

To support the project, see details below

Zenith Bank
1016948001
Girls for Dev Goals Foundation

When we mobilize girls and women, their communities and our world grow stronger.

Around the world, girls and women resort to using rags, mattress stuffing, banana leaves, feathers, and even cow dung to manage their menstruation.

We are changing the status quo through quality menstrual care
solutions, health education, and income-generating opportunities
that give back days of opportunity and health.

Project Management Team

Apuamah Benedicta Chukwuyem

Apuamah Benedicta Chukwuyem, Director Benny & Freddy Limited/Project Lead. She is a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree holder who is passionate about working with Non-Governmental Organizations. She was a ONE Champion (2017 & 2018) at ONE.org in Nigeria. She represented ONE in Nigeria & Africa at the ONEYouthSummit in Brussels where her presentation earned her a standing ovation from ONE CEO & President, Gayle Smith & other Youth Ambassadors across Europe. Her dream work place is the UN, she considers this a platform to impact her community better. She is the Founder, Girls for Development Goals Foundation [Formerly Girls Health & Education Foundation (GHeF)] where she enlightens girls to make informed decisions about their bodies, emphasizing the power of an educated girl. Her projects include "A Love Letter to Myself" & "Advocacy Against Teenage Pregnancy". She continues to impact lives by volunteering with other organizations such as the medical outreach (May 2018) with the Moses Lake Medical Team (from the US) in Kebbi State, Nigeria. She's a 2019 WYSE ILP Brazil Alumni being the only Nigerian Delegate at a training that gathered 26 participants across 16 countries of the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Jan 6th to 17th 2019). She was a Chairperson at the just concluded Tanzania International Model UN Conference 2019.

Apuamah Fredrick Azuka

Apuamah Fredrick Azuka, Director Benny & Freddy Limited/Project Public Relations Officer. He possesses excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills, these he gathered from a variety of working experiences. From speaking at religious and corporate gatherings to managing individuals and organizations. He also possesses good people management skills,having managed over 400 workers as a Safety Officer with the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) in Kogi State, Nigeria. He achieved zero injuries throughout his 7months contract job with the CCECC. His managerial skills have been tested through and through. He's managed Hotel 365, Pearl Dental Clinic and Alphonso Hospital all in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.

Neil McCluskey

He has over 20 years of experience and is a Co-Founder of Total Quest; He is a seasoned Project Manager within and outside the country. He majored in Finance and Accounting, has a masters in Project Management and an MBA. He is also an MCSE NT4 and Windows 2003 qualified. He is Prince 2, PMP and Six Sigma trained. He is fluent in 4 languages and also has a working knowledge of Spanish. Over the past 15 years he has held a number of various post, from Financial Controller for a Syria based Hotel chain, to a financial systems analyst for an International airport chain. He has also been involved in various network implementations across Europe as the Project Manager and most recently Project Director for NGCOM Nigeria Limited. He was also Project Manager for Dott Telecom. He is also a Co-founder and CEO of Taurus Mobile/Taurus Mobile Services. He has branched out on his own and formed Total Quest Enterprise, which specializes in all forms of Telecommunication Network implementation and also project management. He is also a writer for www.icttoday.org. In his spare time, he co-manages an orphanage in Nigeria where he encourages friends and colleagues to donate gifts for the children and up until 2008 he enjoyed volunteering his services for Salvation Army in the UK for over 10 years. He is also a co-founder / Director on Non-Governmental organization called Fathers Heart Children’s Trust.