Our Re-Useable Sanitary Pads are a hit!

It's been an exciting couple of weeks here at Green Malata. Not only have the rains finally arrived, transforming the surrounding area from a dusty brown, to a luscious, vivid green, but our re-useable sanitary pad project has caught the attention of the outside world. 

We are so proud of the fact that our pads have made it into the Huffington Post and Refinery29! Thanks to their support, people around the world now know about this important personal hygiene product, that can change the lives of young women everywhere.

We would also like to thank all those generous people who have donated money, allowing us to give our pads to girls and women who cannot afford them. 

Zikomo Kwambiri!

The Children's Fund of Malawi

Congratulations to our latest graduates!

Earlier this week, Green Malata was awash with graduation ceremonies, as our Agriculture, Tailoring, Carpentry, Bakery, I.T., and Welding & Fabrication students successfully completed their training.

We are so proud of what they've achieved in their time with us, and hope that they will go on to grow, build, weld, sow, or program great things in the future!

One thing is for sure, it's a bittersweet thing to see these bright minds go.

 

 

Green Malata's Sanitary Pads part of Project 50/50

As Rotaract turns 50 in 2018 (started in 1968,) The Rotary's Clubs District 9210, which includes Malawi, Northern Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe has committed to celebrating their anniversary milestone by launching water and sanitation projects in 50 communities across the region. 50 years, 50 communities. One for each year that Rotaract has been in existence. Green Malata's re-useable sanitary pads initiative has been selected to be one of the 50 Rotaract Projects. 

A sanitary pad can determine if a girl stays in school, if a woman keeps her job or if she manages to grow enough food to feed herself and her family. When they lack the products they need, many girls miss out on as much as 20% of their school year, and adult women risk being fired for staying home from work.

Green Malata shall provide the pads for the girls and conduct training sessions on how to make the pads, together with Rotaract members so that they, in turn, can hold training sessions of their own. 

 

Festive partnership with Capital FM

We have partnered with Capital FM and are taking part in their 30 Days of Festive Giveaways. For the whole of December, listeners of Capital Radio Malawi will be introduced to some of Green Malata's best selling products.

The products are sponsored by Green Malata's young entrepreneurs and include: bicycle stands, desk frames and many smaller items from our welding department, papiermachè necklaces, fresh fruit and vegetables from our agricultural department, decorative tea trays made by our carpenters, and much much more. 

So, if you find yourself with some time to spare and you're in the neighbourhood, why not drop by Green Malata. :-)

Biogas: Green Malata's newest energy source

Like much of Africa, Malawi is struggling with deforestation. Most Malawians use firewood to cook, make bricks or keep warm. They either burn it directly, or turn the wood into charcoal first. Either way, Malawi is slowly but surely being stripped of all its trees. 

Biogas is a great, cheap and sustainable alternative to firewood. It is easy to produce, can be maintained with relatively little effort, and is in infinite supply. In order to halt the deforestation in the surrounding area, Green Malata has built its own biogas plant which will be used to prepare food, power lights, and run its bakery. 

Green Malata is also trying to introduce biogas to nearby villages by employing a unique and mobile biogas backpack, which allows villagers to transport biogas to their homes.

The future seems bright for re-useable sanitary pads

Green Malata has just received an order for more than 5500 packs of their re-useable sanitary pads from Roteract Blantyre, an organisation for Rotarians Under 40.

In rural Malawi, a girl is likely to miss out on 26 days of school per year, because they have no access to basic female hygiene products. Sanitary pads or tampons are prohibitively expensive, and so, many of these girls risk their health by using like banana leaves or old rags instead.

In a country where education is worth it’s weight in gold, this is a real problem. Because, for Malawian girls in particular, education offers the chance for independence and a healthier lifestyle. Without it, their futures are bleak, and those 26 missed days of school trap millions of women and girls in a cycle of poverty. 

That is why Green Malata has decided to produce re-useable sanitary pads: an effective way to provide sustainable and affordable personal hygiene to those girls who need it most. These pads allow girls to improve their personal hygiene and, just as important, motivates them to stay in school. 

The more pads are sold, the more girls and women have access to a safe and effective solution to a uniquely female experience. The future seems bright for both the re-useable sanitary pad and those who deserve to wear them, and rightly so.