Here in the states, and all over the world, women’s issues are still on the minds and tongues of many a men who may not know what the hell they are talking about. While some men need to take a step back and realize a woman’s worth, there is at least one man in this world who seen women around him suffering in a very basic way and actually stepped up and did something about it.
Barclay Paul Okari noticed back in 2013 that women in rural Kenya, Uganda and Sudan were lacking something every woman should really have access to; sanitary products. For some reason these aren’t just given to women everywhere, and because of that Okari knew what he had to do. He created and create Safri Pads, a less expensive and reusable sanitary napkin for women in rural areas.
Okari took out a $1,500 loan and got his hands on locally sourced materials so he cut down the cost—making it easier for women to afford them. Also making them washable means that women in these countries wouldn’t have to make a monthly trip to the store to buy new ones. Which is a blessing that needs to come to the states because the cost of these necessary products can put a real damper on a woman’s wallet.
In the grand scheme of things Okari not only made an impact in the economic sense with these affordable pads for low income women, but the social aspect as well. Some African girls would actually take time off of school during their periods for obvious reasons, that’s now a thing of the past for young girls who have been able to get a hold of Okari’s product.
On top of all of this Okari started an organization called Impact Africa Industries. It’s all about giving back to the young girls and women of Africa by giving them a new found freedom from their periods, and also empowering them through their education. To date over one million of these affordable, reusable pads have been distributed to young girls and women in these low-income African communities.
Imagine if more men, especially the ones in the White House, took more of an interest in women’s issues and rights!