Empowerment

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OUR PROGRAMS

The Pad Project partners with local organizations and grassroots NGOs to fund the placement of pad machines, implement washable pad programs, and run menstrual hygiene management workshops in communities around the world. We work with our partners to tailor each program to the specific menstrual health needs of each community.

At The Pad Project, our goal is to ensure that every menstruator can attend school. Access to pads allows menstruators to feel comfortable and confident in a learning environment, but it is critical to pair menstrual hygiene products with comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) education. Whenever we install a machine, we do so by partnering with established local organizations who can host community-led workshops and start dialogue around menstruation and related menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and SRHR education. Our film, Period. End of Sentence., can serve as an entry point for these conversations.

Pad Machines

These programs involve the manufacture and sale/distribution of disposable pads to girls and women in the community. Please note that the cost of international taxes, customs duty on raw materials, import duty, and transportation from vendor location to the port of entry is not included in the following estimates.

  1. Manual Pad Machines (India, Nepal)
  • Workers Employed: 5 to 6
  • Pads Produced: 100,000 pads per year
  • People Served: 500 to 800 menstruators for 1 year
  • Pad Machine, Accessories, and Toolkit: $5,500 USD
  • 1 Year Raw Materials: $4,000 USD
  • Training and Operations: $2,500 USD
  • Grand Total: $12,000 USD (travel costs, insurance, taxes, etc. not included)
  1. Manual Pad Machines (Kenya)
  • Workers Employed: 5 to 6
  • Pads Produced: 260,000 pads per year
  • People Served: 500 to 800 menstruators for 1 year
  • Pad Machine, Accessories, and Toolkit: $6,500 USD
  • 1 Year Raw Materials: $11,500 USD
  • Training and Operations: $2,000 USD
  • Vendor Consultation Fees: $2,000 USD
  • Grand Total: $22,000 USD (travel costs, insurance, taxes, etc. not included)
  1. Semi-Automated Pad Machines (India, Sri Lanka)
  • Workers Employed: 9 to 10
  • Pads Produced: 50,000 pads per month (600,000 pads per year)
  • People Served: 5,000 menstruators
  • Pad Machine, Accessories, and Toolkit: $18,500 USD
  • Raw Materials: $7,500 USD for 200,000 pads
  • Training and Operations: $3,500 USD
  • Grand Total: $29,500 USD (travel costs, insurance, taxes, etc. not included)
  1. Automated Pad Machines
  • Pads Produced: 80,000 to 100,000 pads per month (1 million pads per year)
  • People Served: 8,000 to 10,000 menstruators per month
  • Pad Machine, Accessories, and Toolkit: $30,000 USD
  • Raw Materials: $10,000 USD for 400,000 pads
  • Training and Operations $3,500 USD
  • Grand Total: $43,500 USD (travel costs, taxes, insurance etc. not included) 
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WASHABLE PADS

These programs involve manufacturing and distributing Dignity Kits to girls and women in the community. Each Dignity Kit contains washable pads, liners, underwear, hand towels, and soap. Please note the cost of pad distribution is not included in the following estimates. Distribution drives are set up monthly in the community.

  1. India-Based Program
  • Workers Employed: 5 to 6
  • People Served: 300 menstruators for 1 year
  • Manufacturing Cost: $10 USD per Dignity Kit
  • Grand Total: $7,000 USD
  1. Non-India-Based Program (Guatemala, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Uganda)
  • Workers Employed: 5 to 6
  • People Served: 250 menstruators for 1 year
  • Manufacturing Cost: $12 to $14 USD per Dignity Kit
  • Grand Total: $7,500 USD
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PADS FOR ALL

The Pad Project is combating period poverty in the U.S. by partnering with local nonprofits and grassroots organizations to expand access to menstrual hygiene products and provide MHM education for menstruators across the country. For these partners, The Pad Project provides grants of up to $5,000 for purchasing menstrual products, $2,000 for distributing menstrual products, and $1,000 for hosting educational MHM workshops.

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PADS FOR SCHOOLS

Students in low income communities often have difficulty obtaining menstrual hygiene products, and because of the pandemic, access is more limited than ever. That’s why The Pad Project is providing microgrants to school districts across the U.S. to purchase and distribute menstrual products to students. So far, we’ve partnered with 4 schools in 2 states! Click here to learn more about how the pandemic is affecting access to menstrual products.

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The Pad Project’s work to empower women and all menstruators around the world is in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are working to promote the health and wellbeing of menstruators by increasing access to affordable, hygienic menstrual products and by funding MHM and SRHR workshops. By providing menstrual products we are also helping students stay in school, which allows them to receive a quality education. Our pad machines jumpstart a micro-economy for the women that they employ, and our reusable cloth pad-making programs encourage sustainable menstrual hygiene practices. Visit the UN Foundation website to learn more about their SDGs.

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