Founded by Haja Isatu Bah, Uman4Uman is a social enterprise that is dedicated to producing and selling reusable sanitary pads to women and girls in Sierra Leone. The organization has taken a step further by educating young girls in Anthony Primary School about menstrual health and period products.
The program was aimed at teaching over 50 adolescent girls between the ages of 10 to 14 about menstrual health and hygiene, as well as the proper use of reusable sanitary pads. The initiative was carried out in partnership with the school authorities, who were excited to have such an educative program for their female students.
The program was led by trained professionals who had vast knowledge about menstrual hygiene management and the use of reusable sanitary pads. The girls were taught how to properly wash and maintain their reusable sanitary pads, and the importance of using them instead of disposable pads.
The Uman4Uman team also provided the girls with free reusable sanitary pads, which they can use for up to one year. This will help to reduce the financial burden on their families, who may not be able to afford disposable pads every month.
The program was a huge success, as the girls were excited to learn about menstrual health and hygiene. They were also grateful for the free reusable sanitary pads, which they can use for a long time.
Uman4Uman’s initiative is commendable, as it helps to promote menstrual hygiene management and reduce the stigma associated with menstruation. The organization is making a significant impact in the lives of young girls in Sierra Leone, and we hope that more organizations will follow their lead.
In conclusion, Uman4Uman’s program at Anthony Primary School is a great example of how social enterprises can make a difference in the lives of people in their communities. It is important to educate young girls about menstrual health and hygiene, and provide them with access to affordable menstrual products. We applaud Uman4Uman for their efforts and hope that they continue to make a positive impact in the lives of women and girls in Sierra Leone.
Uman4Uman was founded in 2019 by Haja Isatu Bah, an environmental studies graduate from Skidmore College, New York.
As someone who has first-hand witnessed period poverty, and currently who has basic access to comfortable menstrual health products, she better understood how much of obstacle menstruation is for women in her country.
Hence her determination to bring safe, comfortable, affordable and sustainable sanitary products girls in her country. Using her tailoring skills and network, she developed a prototype and established her social enterprise with a team.