Studio Samuel arms at-risk girls to reach their potential through education + employable skills.
The Menstrual Kit Initiative is a peer-to-peer training + education workshop that involves the community in Addis Ababa. 100 students—girls 9-18 years old—learn basic sewing (a very employable skill in Addis) while making menstrual kits that keep their peers in school when they have their periods. Together, the girls create, sew, package, distribute, and do a formal presentation on menstrual health for their peers in nearby villages. Every girl receives a menstrual kit. At Studio Samuel’s Sewing Lab, the girls organise production of pattern-making, cutting fabric, sewing, and then packaging the kits. Each kit includes: reusable/hand-washable materials, liners, pads, soap, a washcloth, 2 pairs of underwear, plastic bags for soiled pads, an instructional sheet on menstruation and how to care for kits and a drawstring bag to hold supplies. Each kit lasts two to three years and costs £6.69 each.