Period Poverty

Menstruation is not a choice, and the dignity of many girls depends on how prepared they are to receive this bloody monthly visitor. Our aim is to ensure no girl has to compromise their dignity to access menstrual hygiene products.

Our Story

Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints. In 2017, a survey (Plan international) reported that 1 in 10 girls is unable to afford sanitary products; 1 in 7 had to borrow sanitary wear from a friend due to affordability issues; 1 in 10 had to improvise sanitary wear. Period poverty is not limited to those who cannot afford sanitary products due to limited finances, but also includes those who have limited access to such products which implies prolonged use of sanitary products leading to infection and lack of education. Access to sanitary products, safe hygienic spaces in which to use them and the right to manage menstruation without shame or stigma is essential for anyone who menstruates (Action Aid- UK).

Objectives: To provide sanitary kits to every adolescent girl.

  • To protect and preserve the dignity of the girl child.
  • To break the taboo and stigma around menstruation.
  • Normalize period conversations between adolescent girls, boys and parents.
  • Empowering adolescent girls to fulfill their dreams without being held back.
  • To educate adolescent girls on safe menstrual hygiene practices.
  • Teach them how to calculate their periods so as to make informed sexual decisions.
  • To provide sanitary products to every impacted adolescent girl who cannot afford or lacks access to them so as to reduce associated health risks and exposure to abuse.

Where: Adolescent School girls in the North West, South West, Littoral (especially Bonaberi area), West and Nationwide in Cameroon.

How: Dignity Ambassadors

A team of advocates who desire to address and end period poverty. It is open to everyone who is passionate about supporting vulnerable adolescent girls by helping them experience their periods with dignity.

  • We will be promoting the cause to address period poverty in Cameroon.
  • We have a goal to educate and provide every girl with Papilio washable Sanitary pads ensuring menstruation with no stains, no shame and no stigma.

We encourage dignity ambassadors to set up advocacy and fundraising teams locally in their communities.


It is very comfortable, money-saving, eco-friendly, sustainable, and washable sanitary pad produced from high quality fabric made in Cameroon. It is environmentally friendly, and it is produced from fabric by local Cameroonian women who are predominantly single mothers. Apart from its high quality, its production provides jobs for over 20 vulnerable women.


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