AfriReuse: creating opportunities and ending period poverty in Western Kenya

Updated: Sep 18

A group of women from West Pokot who have received AfriReuse products.
All images courtesy of AfriReuse.

The team at SDG Changemakers is proud to work with the founders of AfriReuse. A social enterprise, run by and for the indigenous women of west Pokot in Kenya, it provides skills and work opportunities to girls and women fleeing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In turn, the fabric reusable dignity packs they produce are helping to address period poverty and stigma and create more environmentally-friendly solutions.

We look in-depth at their innovative model for sustainable funding and increased impact to improve the lives of girls and women and their wider communities.

Working together to create opportunities for women and girls

Every girl said that if they had access to pads, the biggest impact to their lives would be that they could stay on in school. Paula Robinson, UK Midwife and Co-Founder of AfriReuse

AfriReuse was co-founded in 2020 by a UK-based midwife, Paula Robinson and a Kenyan nurse and counsellor, Everlyne Prech.

Paula was visiting west Pokot in Kenya as part of the long-standing partnership between the UK charity, Beyond FGM and the Kenyan Community Based Organisation, the Centre for Indigenous Child Rights where Everlyne is CEO.

That collaboration is itself a story of innovation and inspiration. Beyond FGM was founded by Cumbrian midwife Cath Holland who had worked as a volunteer there supporting women and girls in childbirth. She witnessed the shocking levels of FGM and built a programme working with communities, and with midwives and traditional birth attendants.