Nope I'm not talking about a points card, I'm talking about something personal that helps me and the greater community. While this is a product for women, guys you might want to read on.
I'm a globetrotter and an expat like many of my friends. To be honest, I'm tired of: lugging around feminine hygiene products; asking a friend who is visiting to bring me some from the States; and feeling guilty about the carbon footprint of my precious silk applicator tampons. I was attached to the brands, styles, and quality products introduced to me by girlfriends and the women in my family.
Recently, I moved to Kenya and was introduced via an A Small World connection to a potential new client concerned with marine conservation project. A Swedish-German expat, he was known around Diani Beach as Mr. Cup. A real live social entrepreneur Volker Bassen heard about the cup and invested in making his own product, the WonderCup. He had a desire to sell his WonderCups at fair market rate in the developing world—less than quarter of the price of the leading cup brands.
Volker told me how this old product, getting new attention from social media ambassadors, had the power to change lives. Skeptical at first, I had to try it for myself and to get feedback from the communities in which he was working. As I did my research, I was shocked by stories of what young women were doing when they didn't have enough money for pads.
This was a few months ago and now I'm flying around with a little pouch, not a gallon Ziplock bag full tampons and pads of varying absorbances.
Talk about hooked.
I can sleep on the plane.
I can do Muay Thai anytime of the month.
I can even wear a white dresses without fear.
Having turned me into a true believer, I wanted to do more. My professional typically life orbits around projects that increase opportunities for girls and women in the developing world. Volker told me he wasn't concerned about profits on this project but on creating a new dialogue about "that time of the month" and getting his WonderCups to the women who need it most.
A Buy 1 Donate 10 crowdfunded campaign was born with pilot programs running in Colombia, Ghana, and Kenya. With plans to expand into Brazil, Peru, Uganda, Tanzania, Guatemala, and Cape Verde—offering safe space workshops where women young and old can learn about reproductive health, usage of the WonderCup and speak comfortably about other issues such as sexual assault.
I am excited, as it could mean more travel for me as I oversee the startup projects and I no longer have to plan my flights around my period.
If you want to know more about what is going on or would like to back the cause please take a moment to visit our Indiegogo page