Lauren Mellor from MABEL visits School for Life

Lauren writes:

"I really enjoyed teaching and distributing kits at both SFL's primary and secondary schools and hope to be back soon to work more closely with Winnie and her sewing team to make even more kits for girls around Uganda. 

After having witnessed the lack of access and the expense of feminine hygiene products in rural communities in Zambia as well as the taboo that still results in girls and women not communicating or supporting each other during their periods I decided to start Mabel.

Mabel provides girls and women with reusable feminine hygiene kits, teaches women’s groups how to sew the kits and empowers girls and women with menstrual lessons. 

The Mabel kits consist of waterproof shields which are shaped like sanitary pads with wings but are made out of 100% cotton and a special waterproof fabric. There are also 8 flannel liners which are inserted into the shields as the main absorbency component. These are all washable and when made correctly and looked after can last up to 3 years. This not only helps remove a large expense for these families but also decreases period products in landfills. The kits are finished off with panties, a care and cycle card, soap, zip lock bag, wash cloth and put in a brightly coloured drawstring bag."

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