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SCAN 4 PADS

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Scan 4 Pads is an initiative under the Maisumata Program which means  ‘Let us study’ in the Maasai Language. The aim of the program is to provide young learners with a platform that allows them to be empowered, encouraged and equipped with relevant skills such as digital literacy skills, and menstrual health and management education. Through the involvement of a robust team of mentors and community volunteers, the project seeks to improve the wellbeing of the girls and women and support the boy-child in the pursuit of their educational goals.


To achieve this, the Scan 4 Pads project was created to allow girls to access sanitary towels at an affordable rate lower than the market rate to resolve the challenge of increased period poverty was highlighted in a pilot study. Provision of these sanitary pads will allow for consistent attendance at school and increased confidence and self-belief owing to the comfort and dignity that the sanitary pads uphold.


Vision


Build a community of leaders and changemakers through the empowerment, encouragement and development of skills among the young learners in rural Narok by means of  menstrual health and hygiene education, mentoring and digital literacy training.


Mission


To help reduce period poverty by providing affordable sanitary pads and increased access to education to young learners in rural Narok, Kenya.


What the system is about:


This is a pad distribution management system that uses an Android mobile-based technology to scan QR codes printed on a card or paper in order to provide pads to girls living in rural Narok at a subsidized rate aimed at reducing period poverty.


The proposed system contains an E-wallet attached to the profile of each girl that is topped up using M-Pesa, a mobile phone-based money transfer service widely used in Kenya. The girl’s parents are required to top up an amount of money that is equivalent to 30% of the total amount into the girl’s E-wallet account in order to make them eligible to receive pads monthly.The system will use USSD technology to be able to communicate to the community to advocate for the users who might not have access to Smart phone devices.


This system will be able to manage stock and monitor pad distribution from the sponsor generating reports on a monthly basis  that will cater for the consistency of the project.The pilot of the product will be runned for a year in Narok Kenya.

State your goals

  1. To provide sanitary towels at a subsidized rate to girls in rural Narok.


  2. To educate and empower girls and women in the community by teaching them Menstrual Health Management techniques which will help boost their self-confidence and gain new skills as they learn about their menstrual cycles. In addition, they will be trained on basic digital skills in the Microsoft Office Packages. 




  3. To involve the community by giving them an opportunity to adopt a saving culture and gain proficiency in using Fintech services (M-Pesa) through topping up accounts which in return enables the women and girls in the community to receive the pads.



What problems (particularly in value chain competitiveness and global disruption) are your community’s stakeholders facing due to the Covid-19 pandemic?

During these unprecedented times following the outbreak of a global pandemic, there has been a country lockdown in Kenya which has led to restricted movements and a high rate of job losses in both the formal and informal sectors. This has seen many businesses close down thus people living in poverty are not able to cope with the rising costs and increasing economic uncertainty. Needless to say, menstrual hygiene materials such as sanitary pads are no longer treated as a need but a luxury product. This situation continually threatens the rights of vulnerable people who menstruate leading to gender inequality and a looming humanitarian crisis which turns menses back to a time of deprivation and stigma that highlights period poverty.


With the schools closed and health services disrupted in the country, there has been a significant decrease in the level of access to Menstrual Health and Hygiene education and access to sanitary materials which fuels the practice of harmful traditions and beliefs by girls and women in the community. One of these beliefs is that women are considered to be impure hence should not touch themselves using water and they should avoid using the community toilets as it contaminates the shared water resources. Under the COVID-19 global pandemic, such beliefs and practices prevent them from protecting themselves and the community against the disease.

What minimum viable solution(s) are you proposing to address the challenge(s) in your community?

The provision of a platform that will facilitate the distribution of pads at a subsidized rate will help improve the access to sanitary materials at a rate lower than the retail price. This allows parents to give priority to the personal health and well-being of their children as they will be able to not only provide food and water for their families but also facilitate access to sanitary towels and subsequently, their daughters’ safety and comfort during their menses. 

The proposed Scan 4 Pads system is aimed at the provision of a cost-effective and sustainable approach that will seek to solve period poverty both in the present times and even post the global pandemic through the adoption of the spiral method approach which seeks out to predict the risks involved in the project and mitigate them in a timely fashion. This will shed light on possible problems that might arise such as lack of smart android mobile phones in the community to be able to scan the QR codes that may lead to the provision of mobile phones to allow continuity of the work.

This solution will be proposed to local sanitary pads manufacturers such as ZanaAfrica Foundation who are a Kenyan-based social impact business that seeks to expand access to high quality, low-cost feminine hygiene products under the brand name Nia for partnership engagements. Consequently, this will help young girls and women receive sanitary pads in large quantities and good quality as their packages contain 10 pieces from the usual 8 pieces per packet. This partnership will also be pivotal in the distribution of sanitary pads to rural communities in Narok, Kenya.

Other potential donors of the system will include UNICEF who will be approached to assist in getting cards that the QR codes will be printed on; this will contain each girl’s profile and the E-wallet account where the money will be topped up using M-Pesa services.

Target Audience

  1. School going girls at Siyapei Primary school in rural Narok

  2. Girls from around the community who will act as beneficiaries through the  local school as an area of distribution of the sanitary towels.

We aim to provide a solution using QR codes printed on cards.This cards will be issued to the girls by the administrator that will contain the details which makes them eligible to receive pads. Details include having fulfilled the percentage given by the sponsor to be topped up(in this situation we anticipate to have 15 ksh which covers 30% topped up by the girls parent/guardians and the remaining 70% fee will be topped up by the company supplying the sanitary towel.Security threats such as cards being stolen or a card getting lost will be mitigated on the phases on the risk analysis spiral to be cubed at the moment acting as a pending act to be solved in near future advancements.

Training sessions will be put in place to teach the parents on ways to top up the E-wallet accounts using the normal Kenyan M-Pesa services ,This will be essential as some of the parents might be illiterate on digital matters.through this measures are put in place that will focus on  the use of mobile phones which do not necessarily require internet services or (smart phones).The parents will only need to have a registered Sim Card with a Kenyan National Identity card to allow them to top up the accounts from the Scan 4 Pads system that contains the girls profiles.Saving on cost.

Share your story (your narrative)

Greetings,


My name is Nabuyuni Sankan, the Founder of the ‘upcoming’ Maisumata Community Program which in Maasai language means ‘ Let us study.’  I am also the Co-Founder of the Scan 4 Pads Project.  I am currently in my fourth year as a student at Strathmore University,  Kenya where I am undertaking a Bachelors in Business Information Technology specializing in Business Intelligence.


Maisumata Program was developed at the end of 2019 with the aim of providing children with digital skills, mentorship, and empowerment opportunities with the focus as girls, boys, and children living with disabilities who are in the puberty stage of development living in rural Narok, Kenya. This program contains specific activities for each gender customized to meet their needs.  It is worth noting that the Girl’s category was established as the most urgent following, I would like to highlight that of the girl’s category which birthed the idea to have them accessing pads at a rate lower than the normal retail market price hence coming up with a digital solution that allowed innovation within the community.


The idea was sparked from the continuous stories and experiences my Best friend and I have had during volunteering in Mentoring Camps organized by the Community Service Centre of Strathmore University. During these camps, we came to a speedy realization that the girls living in varying rural communities shared one thing in common: Most of them had no idea what menstrual health and hygiene meant and that they associated menses with sexual activities where most of the girls received sanitary pads and inner garments from motorcycle riders who in exchange requested for sex as payment because their parents are not able to afford these sanitary pads for them. We also noticed that the girls were painfully shy and were so ashamed of their menses that they preferred to stay away from school during these days to avoid stigmatization from the boys. Faced by these realities, my friend and I spurred into action and we founded the Scan 4 Pads project to resolve these issues. 


Having grown up in a Maasai community my aim is to provide confidence in relation to Menstrual health which seems to a taboo and a whole motion of stigmatization,During a current study by the Menstrual health Kenya, statics have been gathered to show that ¼ of girls do not associate menstruation with pregnancy and 45 percent of them are able to discuss the issue openly with their parents while that 65 percent of girls and women cannot afford pads and out of that it also shows that 2/3 of girls in rural areas receive sanitary towels from their sexual partners.


This highlights the levels of period poverty caused by lack of access to sanitary towels due to poor standards of living that leads to some of the girls not being able to afford pads. Although the government has put in measures to have free and subsidized pads distributed to schools, there are gaps that arise such as mischievous corruption and reselling of the pads which causes a defect to solve the problem.


Current distribution have been done across rural areas which involves using of lorries to deliver pads to chief offices or school storage facilities which are supervised by the headteachers .Although the process seeks out to deliver some of the schools do not have secure storage facilities and monitoring how the girls get the pads has been proven to be a challenge as there are no reports given.


The integration of the QR codes will facilitate the improvement of monitoring and accessing the Sanitary materials at a subsidized rate in the rural areas hence have an accountability of all girls facing period poverty to be able to access the pads and drive an improvement of school attendance which facilitate better performance for the girls.


With all solutions arises challenges, such as lack of enough funds to print out cards and mobile phones which will be provided to the administrator to be able to scan the pads.


Our call to action is to have our target audience who are the girls and the community together with potential investors involved to have pads provided to all the girls in the school without interference and consistently monitored to avoid loss and pads not being received in the schools and in the process have fun give back to my community and encourage young girls to have life beyond their norms and tradition.

Please provide any additional relevant information that you would like to share.

OUR DRIVE:

The project is geared towards furthering the SDG agenda with a special focus being on SDG 4: Quality Education. At Maisumata, we believe that addressing the menstrual health and hygiene challenges currently being experienced by the girls and offering training and support to both boys and girls through training on relevant skills such as digital literacy will help improve the quality of education in Narok county. Below is a detailed explanation of how our project contributes to the attainment of this goal. It factors in the relevant targets to the Program as set out by the UN and our contribution towards the same.

Target 4.4: Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success

UN definition: By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.

This will be attained through mentorship whereby parents within the community will be educated on ways to save up money using the E-wallet technique to top up the girls card to be eligible to receive pads.

The Masaai community is famous for the creation of beads and traditional accessories.The women create these products and sell them in the local market which will highlight ways to teach them how to save up money to keep increasing their business through local women saving groups hence leading them to continued growth and financial independence. 

One of this target’s success indicators includes the number of youth equipped with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills. Maisumata Program aims to have the students, including the boys in the schools, learning basic skills such as presentation using MS Office packages and tools involved in innovation thereby nurturing them from a young age, to be confident in knowing how to use technology in solving problems. This training will equip them with the relevant skills in navigating the era of technology that we are living in.

Target 4.5: Eliminate all discrimination in education

UN definition: By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations.

Maisumata program seeks to eliminate discrimination that is evident in the community especially in matters pertaining to Menstrual Health and Hygiene.Discrimination is manifested in high levels of stigmatisation of the young menstruating girls which often leads to them to miss school for an average of 4 days each month when they are experiencing their menses. Needless to say, their absence from school affects their academic performance hence a significant disparity in their completion and transition rates as compared to boys at the same educational level. 

Our goal at Maisumata is to improve the admission, completion and transition rate of primary school children (class 6-8) with the focus on girls whose transition rate to high school has been significantly lower as compared to their male counterparts for other reasons besides the school dropouts that include early marriages and the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) both of which are very prevalent in the Maasai community. Through the provision of sanitary towels, we will help resolve missed school days which often happens due to high levels of poverty facing the girls and their families.

In addition, through mentorship, the Maisumata Program will empower the girls with skills on building confidence and self-belief to help them appreciate their womanhood more. Also, the boys will also undergo mentorship on reproductive health to equip them with knowledge that will enable them to better support the girls as they undergo these significant changes during the adolescent stage.

Target 4.A: Build and upgrade inclusive and safe schools

UN definition: Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all.

Our program will seek to ensure the availability of single-sex basic sanitation facilities. This will be through advocacy for separate wash facilities for both boys and girls to factor in the availability of separate facilities that will provide for safety, comfort and privacy for the girls that will allow for them to change their sanitary pads effectively. This will be done in partnership with the Women Representative Office of the Narok County Government.

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edited on Aug 26, 2020 by Nabuyuni Sankan
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(Account removed) 7 months ago

Great idea and a crucial initiative

(Account removed) 7 months ago

This is a brilliant idea! So many vulnerable girls will benefit from this initiative.

Question: What would you do to help other rural areas in Kenya experiencing a similar challenge?

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Tess,
Thank you for your question,At the moment we are aiming to launch the system in Narok Kenya as a pilot project.If we achieve our goals at the end of the period set ,we will be able to reach other rural areas in Kenya.

Thanks.

Apollo Musibi 7 months ago

I think the initiative is a great one and will definitely help out the young girls in the targeted areas.
I have a small suggestion however, for future works. Maybe implementing USSD services on your platform which will make it possible for those parents who may not afford to buy a smartphone, to access your services.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Thank you for your feedback.

This will really come in handy for quick notifications and updates.

Thanks,.

Conrad Ojiambo 7 months ago

Hi Sankan, this is a good project that addresses key millennium goals. The challenges faced by girls in rural areas need a multi-pronged approach and the creation of a tracking application for the supply of sanitary towels is a great component.
I would like to know two things: first your initial paragraph says that boy-child empowerment will also be part of the project. How will boy-child empowerment be addressed? secondly, the app seems to be mainly focused on the tracking of pads but you also talked about digital literacy skills being included (e.g. office applications), how will these be implemented? lastly QR codes require smart phones. will the village folk be able to have these devices? could USSD be a better alternative?

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Conrad,
Thank you for your question I will try to respond to each;
Q1,First your initial paragraph says that boy-child empowerment will also be part of the project. How will boy-child empowerment be addressed?
-The empowerment to the boys will be done through the Maisumata Program which is the parent head of the entire project including Scan 4 Pads. Therefore they will have an exposure of digital skills.

Q2,lastly QR codes require smart phones. will the village folk be able to have these devices? could USSD be a better alternative?
The implementation of the USSD will be best in this situation I appreciate you raising it up as it will facilitate a better range of users within the community.

I hope the answers are clear enough but feel free to ask or suggest any insight you might have.

Kind Regards.

EUNICE KAJALA 7 months ago

It is a good project. How will you assist a Masai girl in need of sanitary pads, but, doesn't have M-pesa mobile phone based money transfer? How are the sanitary Pads being delivered to these girls, how long do they take to reach them? If the deliveries take 3 to 4 days, even a week, I am afraid that, they will be through with their periods.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hi Eunice,
Thank you for your concern on each matter.
Q1; How will you assist a Masai girl in need of sanitary pads, but, doesn't have M-pesa mobile phone based money transfer?
The system will be structured to allow the Admin/Donor to be able to topup on behalf of the parent who does not have access to a mobile device.This solution will work towards accommodating all the parents in the community .
So far the community targeted ensures that the service provider Safaricom is accessible in the area,this will support the fact that anyone who has a SIM card will be able to access the M-pesa services and use the E-wallet to top up the account.

Q2 How are the sanitary Pads being delivered to these girls, how long do they take to reach them? If the deliveries take 3 to 4 days, even a week, I am afraid that they will be through with their periods.
-The sanitary pads will be delivered to the school storage facility available where the headteacher or the guidance and counsellor teacher will be in charge of the stock in place.They will act as the admin to facilitate the pad distribution which will be done at the first week of every month (6 days)Our aim is to always have the store packed so that any girl verified will access the pads during their menses.

Looking forward to more interactions with you.

Kind Regards.

Sunday Bawa 7 months ago

Hi

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Sunday.

Kindly share your feedback.

Nivashini Rave Rattey 7 months ago

How is this a constructive feedback ?

Sunday Bawa 7 months ago

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Sunday Bawa 7 months ago

I got an idea how about SCAN 4 PADS is a web chatbot powered by artificial intelligence designed for the well being of young girls and women by empowering them with a menstrual calculator, lectures, quizzes on mental, menstrual and management education with a reward system of access to subsidy in sanitory acquisition ?

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hi Sunday
Thank you for the suggestion this is very helpful as we have all this in store but as of now, we are working on different phases within the project that will allow us to fully understand the needs of the girls and community as a whole in order to address each of them as we proceed forward.

Thank you for your insight .
Kind Regards.

Sunday Bawa 7 months ago

You're welcome. Quite a much needed initiative.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Looking forward.Thanks

Brychan Somerville 7 months ago

Great stuff here. I'd like to ask is there a system in place to monitor that the girls accounts are topped up in equal measure? Especially from the sponsors, just to avoid one having there's flooded while another's is empty.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

The system will allow the facilitation of an open account that will try focus on the girls who one way or the other are not able to meet the standards hence allow the program to assist all of them in the community.

(Account removed) 7 months ago

Great stuff. Very informative.
Question are you going to focus on other poverty stricken communities in Kenya in terms of provision of sanitary towels?

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Charles

Thank you for your raised concern.

At the moment the team is focusing in Narok County as the Pilot project,
When we succeed to achieve our goals at the area we will consider reaching out to other rural areas in Kenya.

Kind Regards.

Alex Carle 7 months ago

HI. An interesting project addressing a clear need. I wonder if there has been any testing or previous research into social and cultural acceptance of talking about periods and other women's related issues in such an open way and how the project can be marketed in such a way to reduce stigma as a barrier?

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Alex

Thank you for your raised concern and apologies for taking long to give back my response I was gathering some information.

Regarding the question, yes there has been some discussions held by the UNICEF-WASH (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) https://www.unicef.org/wash/files/UNICEF-Guid...ygiene-2019.pdf
That encourages the community to be open to accept change of the norms that have been labeled by some of the traditions therefore MHM(menstrual health management) is being geared towards being taught in schools and the community at large.

The project seeks out to solve period poverty which is one of the barriers associated with Menstruations whereby the girls become shy to ask or speak to their parents to get them the pads ,reasons being the parent might be having other priorities that they need to take care of. Secondly the girl might engage in sexual activities in order for the partner to pay for the pads in the next month and lastly the fear of being judged by the boys in the school with the notion that menses are a sign that they need to be married.

Therefore we are working towards ensuring that the this girls together with their parents will be able to approach the solution openly to assist them in receiving the materials without any shame or worry.

Feel free to engage me in a further discussion about some of the findings in the targeted local school on how they associate their menses with bad luck.

I hope I have tried to answer your question in the simplest way possible to satisfaction.

Thank you for your feedback
Kind Regards.

Alex Carle 7 months ago

Thanks for your reply. Yes, i understand about the barriers and looks like you are involved with other systems wide approaches to reducing the stigma. Good luck

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Thank You Alex.

Fahmida Hossain 7 months ago

Thank you for taking this wonderful initiative. I had some suggestions, such as: Since most rural women do not use smartphones, you should add the USSD system for your user.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Helo Fahmida

Thank you for that proposal ,We are working towards implementation of the USSD for the solution ahead.

Looking forward to more simple and better advancements.

Thank you very much.
Kind Regards

Collin Gitonga 7 months ago

Hi Sankan. Great intitative here. My question is:
1. this application is android based, how will you be able to make sure that majority of people in the rural community will be able to use the services of this app yet most don't have an android device?
2. How will you be able to ensure that the pads being donated are not going to be stolen before getting to the intended recipients?

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Collin,

Thank you for your feedback and insights.

To respond to your questions.

1)This application is android based, how will you be able to make sure that majority of people in the rural community will be able to use the services of this app yet most don't have an android device?
-This application will only require the Administrator who might be the school Head-teacher or the Guidance and counsellor teacher to have an Android phone in which they will use to scan the girls cards.We are working towards implementation of the USSD for the parents to use and also they will only be required to have a registered SIM card to be able to access the M-Pesa services.

2)How will you be able to ensure that the pads being donated are not going to be stolen before getting to the intended recipients?
- We are working towards having a central distribution centre that will ensure that the pads being donated will get to the storage facility by having direct communication with the donors themselves to be able to monitor the pads coming from Nairobi to Narok.We are hoping that no there hitches will arise in the process and the pads get to the school in safe hands.

Situations might arise but measures and guidelines are being put in place to ensure they follow the right path for donation.All will be well:)

I hope I have answered your concern.

Thank you
Kind Regards

Nivashini Rave Rattey 7 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Nivashini,

Thank you.

Nivashini Rave Rattey 7 months ago

Status label added: Community feedback received

Nabuyuni Sankan 6 months ago

Hello Navashini

Thank you for the milestone update.

Kindly advise as I have not received an Expert Feedback badge.Will this affect the finals,

Looking forward to hearing from you.
Best Regards.

Yanting Zuo 7 months ago

Hello Nabuyuni, first congrats to what you have achieved so far, it is impressive and you have perfectly illustrated the passion you have for the good cause you are making to your society.

You have identified a solid problem there to solve and identified the crucial timings (including the market predictions under the pandemic challenge). You also identified the potential issues may interfere with the solution implementation of the project, such as the possibility of households' limited access to Android devices. You have a solid solution, clear objectives and have the essential funding support with suppliers and donors/sponsors in place to make it work.

Things may worth consider improving on are suggested as followings:

- You've shown great understanding of the target market, however, there are various types of target audience you mentioned for the project, the program, etc. throughout the whole article, it can be confusing potentially to some readers. What I would suggest is having a short pitch line at the beginning for your project, indicating: Your project (the solution), the key value proposition (the why) to the key target audience, and a how(you can also add the funding parties name in to indicate the reputable supporters you have). Arrange the "what", "why", "how" elements in any order you like and make them as simple and straightforward as possible.

- Solution-wise, you have mentioned the existing support your society has is affected my issues like corruption and reselling, and some people may not have the Android device to use the service. Would it potentially trigger an issue where people who have the device would re-trade the products they get with a small profit-margin to others?

- It would be helpful to collect more data from your target market directly to project any issues or improvements-needed to the project. Such as:
1. In your targeted area/schools, how many households would need the products?
2. What substitutes they are using while not having access to the pads? How much and how effective are the substitutions?
3. Do they have an Android device? If so, Would they go with the 30% price?

With the data collected for the above, you'd make a stronger case and do better financial projections for the project.

Hope that helps! Any questions, please feel free to let me know.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Yanting

I would like to appreciate the time taken to advice and share you insight to be improved on the project.

This has been noted as I will update the above proposal to be as simple and straightforward without any controversies.

Thank you so much and thank you for the access to ask questions.

Looking forward.
Kind Regards

Victoria Masso 7 months ago

Status label added: Mentor feedback received

Ronnex Wataya 7 months ago

Hi nabuyuni, great initiative right there. what is your business model? are the sanitary towels tailored by you? if not then who will be supplying and how will they benefit from the business that is aimed at making less profit. another question can you be specific about the digital training you are planning to conduct ,for example is it a hub that will help girls learn how to code, or is it general ICT training that in the end participants will be awarded certificates etc. Otherwise i wish you all luck on this great journey you have started

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Ronnex

Thank you for your positive feedback.

To highlight your questions on the submission I have been able to show the relation on the donors target (Zana Africa)to assist in the provision of the sanitary pads they will assist in providing pads at a rate lower from the normal market price as they deal with the communities that need assistance.

The Ict training will focus on basic Microsoft packages that will teach Presentations skills and introduction of general digital literacy therefore will not focus on the set up of a hub.

I hope I have answered your question

Looking forward.
Kind Regards

Tafadzwa Chikwereti 7 months ago

Since your idea is now in refinement these pointers wiuld help a lot
To add to your solution, I am sharing with you questions from one of our trainings that can help in refining our ideas and projects

What business model will you follow to implement this idea?
What methodology or strategy will you use during different processes of implementing this idea?
Which are the processes you have to go through until the finalization of the idea?
What means or tools do you need to implement my idea?
Which are your potential collaborators, investors?

I honestly suggest that before you submit your idea or project, please and ask yourself these questions and even if you have submitted their project,
I hope that you find this useful.

Your support and comment is welcome on my idea

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Tafadwa

Thank you so much for the guide as it will assist to summarise the solution.

I will take them into consideration.

Looking forward to hearing from you
Best Regards.

RACHEL MIAMI 7 months ago

Hello Nabuyuni?wonderful idea i just wanted to know how will the girls get their pads distributed now that the schools are closed due to pandemic covid-19 you mentioned sanitary pads will be delivered to the school storage facility available where the headteacher or the guidance and counsellor teacher will be in charge of the stock in place.You need create another delivery option.

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello Rachel ,

Thank you for the raised concern, at the moment the local school in the community acts as the central gathering that will allow the girls to access the pads therefore we will stick to the storage facility being provided as there is a guarantee on security and ease of access during the pandemic and aft the pandemic when all is well.

I hope the this is clear but feel free to share more concerns.

Best Regards

Ivana Kostic 7 months ago

Wonderful! How are you currently funding the project and what are the future plans? Thanks, Ivana

Nabuyuni Sankan 7 months ago

Hello

Our future plans for the project is to be able to reach out to more than one primary local school Partner with Zana Africa and be able to have a consistent supply of sanitary towels for a min period of 3 years hoping for the best,

Thanks for the question,
Kind Regards.

DJ Koeman 7 months ago

this one is very close to my heart! the 'week of shame' has to end. I am running myself a small foundation called U4U (Underwear for the Underprivileged) that has a partnership with the 'touch a heart foundation' that provides 4 panties and a years supply of pads to girls in marginalized communities. Another friend runs Heels 4 pads, with same goals. If you want, I can bring you in touch to see if by joining together, you can leverage economies of scale. And for our initiative, if you have digital content, we can look at hosting that

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Nabuyuni, I think you should really collaborate with these people , also in Tanzania, we have few foundations that are working toward the same aim so holding hands will be great!! Since there are a lot of ways to improve menstruation hygiene such as sanitary re-usable towels/pads, sanitary cups that are affordable too and can solve that challenge. What I meant find variety way to solve the issue. Great project and Good luck!!

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Nabuyuni Sankan 6 months ago

Hello Callister
Would you like to share your idea kindly
I am open for great discussions if you are available.

Calister Simba 6 months ago

Hi Nabuyuni, yes I'm open to ideas and I will gladly share you some few contacts that can assists with your idea and give you hand so that you can impact more girls, my email : chitahapollonary@gmail.com

DJ Koeman 6 months ago

I agree Callister, if people join hands, it becomes a forece to reckon with. I have shared contyact details in mail to the initiator

Nabuyuni Sankan 6 months ago

Hello @DJ Koeman
would you kindly share your email address or kindly text me through bizeysankan@gmail.com

DJ Koeman 6 months ago

hi, i have responded via email with the contact details of the relevant people

Okey Esse 6 months ago

Well thought out concept with good implementation strategy

Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

You are talking about a pilot study. What is the title of it and who conducted it? Where can we find details of this? You have a great project but your submission is filled with verbiage. The problem of this, is your key details will be lost within the verbiage and the juries wont have time to go back and re-look for essential details. When filling up the final document, cut down on all the unnecessary info and keep your answers straight t to the point.

Also, think about the accessibly and availability of your product. What happens during quarantine? Is your product eco-friendly? When you say available at a much cheaper price- does that mean the quality is compromised? If not, explain how and why. I know that you have mentioned that it's high in quality. But how is this possible when the price is much lower? What other possibilities does your project/product create during COVID?

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

Also, start filling up your final documents. You are running out of time.

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Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

Status label added: Expert feedback received

Muyunda Kaonga 6 months ago

Hi Nabuyuni, this is a great initiative. Thumbs up to you and your submission. How do you manage supply chain in terms of getting stock, logistics and managing the mobile application to reach out to these girls in rural Nairobi? What are some of the challenges you have faced so far in terms of your project and what solutions have you put in place?

Nivashini Rave Rattey 6 months ago

Status label added: Submission completed

Nivashini Rave Rattey 5 months ago

Status label added: Idea under jury review

Nivashini Rave Rattey 5 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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