“I feel independent and I feel I’m kind of equal to the husband, which never happened before I started working because those days I used to depend on the man, to plead sometimes for certain things that the man would maybe think not so important, so I had to plead for that little money to do the small, small things, but right now I can do that by myself!”
From the profits Florence has made from her pad selling business, she has been able to send her two youngest children to school and pay for her eldest daughter to go to University.
Dorothy wanted to ensure these girls stayed in school and so became an Irise entrepreneur. Dorothy sells individual pads to the girls for an affordable price and even delivers menstrual education classes to the boys and girls in her classes, encouraging them to fight period shame.
“At first, boys used to laugh at girls… those used to fear to come to school when they’re on their period, thinking that the boys would laugh at them… we sensitised them (the boys)… and now they tell the girls, ‘please, you sit’ and they assist them (the girls)!”
£100 enables us to train a champion to end period shame in her community.
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