Many African Countries, including Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and ten other countries. The team is also starting a pilot in South America and Oregon.
BeGirl employs the Buy-One-Give-One model and categorizes products into various ‘funds’ through an ‘EmpowerBank‘. Products are allocated to different funding sources, and then distributed accordingly. For example, the Be Safe Fund helps distribute BeGirl menstrual products to women during times of upheaval (such as political conflicts or natural disasters), while the Sustainable Fund provides products to vetted, non-profit organisations with an interest in improving female health and empowerment. BeGirl has determined that the BeGirlPanty has a distribution advantage over traditional sanitary napkins. The shape of a panty helps reduce the stigma and increases the willingness to distribute (males prefer to sell panties over pads) and willingness to purchase (the family prioritize the purchase of a panty over a pad).Interview with representative
Goal 3: to improve and promote good health.
Promotion of menstrual hygiene, retention in work and school for women and girls, reduction in waste from disposable sanitary pads.
Women and girls in resource-limited settings in need of menstrual hygiene products. Especially, women and girls that live in extreme poverty and don’t have access to underwear.
These panties are made in Colombia, where the manufacturing team is located. The team provides employment for local women who are providing for their values, ensuring that they offer fair wages, appropriate hours and breaks, and safe working conditions.
The website indicates the BeGirl Panty as patented technology for period protection.
These panties will be distributed by a vetted non-profit partner. Panties can also be purchased directly from the BeGirl site.
From 2015 through April 2016, BeGirl has distributed over 15,000 pairs of reusable underwear in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi and 10 other countries.
Built-in permeable mesh pouch with leakproof bottom. The BeGirl Panty can be adapted to a girl’s unique flow and to the resources available to her. The product can be washed with 70% less water than traditional cloth pads and can be hygienically dried indoors within an hourInterview with representative.
Instructions for use are included in each pack.
It works with any safe absorbent material, such as toilet paper (disposable) or re purposed clean cloth (reusable).Interview with representative
Estimated to last at least 2 years with proper care.Interview with representative
Some performance targets listed on their website include design for convenience and adaptability, lightweight materials for comfort and performance, and environmentally conscious. The panties also must have a leakproof bottom, be adaptable for a girl’s flow and resources, and long-lasting and easy to maintain.Interview with representative
As of December 2015, the panties had been tested by over 3000 girls in a dozen different countries.
- Absorbent material needs replacing after several hours and panties need to be properly cared for. Experts have indicated that the availability of clean absorbent material such as toilet paper or clean cloths is essential. If women use contaminated (reused) absorbent materials, the potential health benefit is diminished. Additionally, user compliance to cleaning instructions (i.e. sanitizing the panties properly between uses) could pose a challenge (e.g. lack of clean water, disinfectant soap etc.). Improper cleaning of the panties between uses or the use of unsuited absorbents could result in the pads carrying pathogens which could have detrimental health effects, effectively posing a similar risk as traditional reusable cloth napkins made from old saris etc.
Unknown. BeGirl has also offers sanitary pads in conjunction with BeGirl panties in the past that may be complementary.
None.Interview with representative The team states that they regularly check that production meets their standards, though the exact standards are not specified.
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