Five ladies in Uganda has been given the opportunity to become social entrepreneurs through the Action10 – BanaPads collaboration.The five ladies are Nalongo Sylvia, Hajjati Nalwanga, Namusisi Morren, Bayiga Sarah and Muberarugo Gorreti. We wish the ladies success and we know they are in good hands as BanaPads will always be around to support them with whatever challenge they may face.
Our partner BanaPads in Uganda invested almost the entire month of June in capacity building of the the five ladies appointed.
The ladies were also provided with a start-up loan.. The initial investment per entrepreneur was € 40 to cover the costs of training and training material and €164 to cover the cost of the first 330 packs of sanitation pads.
Each women entrepreneur started her business on 25th of June 2013. The entrepreneurs went to villages assigned to them by BanaPads. In the villages they now sell sanitation pads in packs of 10 for a cost of €0.60 per pack. The entrepreneurs earn themselves a commission of €0.10 per pack. As the entrepreneurs has invested in 330 packs, they thus have potential of earning €33. €0.50 per pack is recovered to repay the loan provided by Action10 through BanaPads.
As soon as the loan is repaid another five women will have the opportunity to become social entrepreneurs by selling sanitation pads. The project will also be enlarged if Action10 is successful with fundraising. The goal is to provide start-up capital for at least 20 women during 2013. The five ladies now serve five times 330 women with sanitation pads every month. Pads the women did not have access to before. The program aims to increase the number of women social entrepreneurs from five to 100 before the end of 2014, thus the number of served women will be 330 000.
The social aspect is obviously core to everything and we are happy to share the message from the Director of BanaPads Mr Richard Bbaale. Mr Richard Bbaale writes to Action10 “The women are feeling your appreciation and I want to say that they are meeting their needs for connection, matter, gratitude, celebration with your kind contribution.”
The technology behind the project is that BanaPads has created a simple technology that converts banana pseudo stems, an abundant & free organic waste, into highly absorbent paper.. The justification with producing and selling sanitation pads is to keep village girls in school and to create jobs for local women.