Mammas Laef empowers women in Vanuatu by providing sustainable menstrual products, creating social enterprise & breaking menstruation taboosNelson / Tasman
Your donation to Mamma’s Laef Charitable Trust will enable women of all ages to receive, made-in-Vanuatu, reusable sanitary pads which last 3 years; alongside menstrual health education sessions. Your donation will be used in the supply of packs of pads ($25 per pack) for distribution to women of all ages in communities across Vanuatu. Since 2016, Give A Little fundraising has already donated 200 packs.
Many females in Vanuatu are unable to join in daily activities when they are menstruating. Girls stay away from school, women are unable to prepare food for the family and some women are sent to separate houses to rest in, away from the family. Some of the cultural taboos around menstruation make it difficult for women to fully reach their potential. Mamma’s Laef may not be able to change all of those but what we can do is, provide women with dignity during menstruation, by supplying her with environmentally friendly appropriate menstrual products.
Your donation will help us to give ni Vanuatu women access to quality and clean menstrual products. Products which are sustainable, environmentally friendly and being made in their own country, therefore increases economic outcomes too. Locals providing menstrual health education is a gamechanger, empowering women to take control of their lives.
More about us
Mamma’s Laef is the result of a question which was asked by Belinda Roselli (the Founder), in the wake of Cyclone Pam (March 2015). “In times of natural disaster in Vanuatu, what do women use for their monthly period?”
During 6 months of research, the answer became clear; menstrual pads were not easily accessible at any time for many rural living women in Vanuatu, resulting in women of all ages, not being able to fully participate in daily activities. Alongside the lack of menstrual resources, were the cultural taboos and confusing messages about menstrual health.
A partial solution was developed in Vanuatu; a locally managed group who sew reusable sanitary pads, that are cost-effective, convenient, comfortable and eco-friendly. The second important factor was later introduced; during delivery of pads in communities, the Mamma’s Laef team, chatted about menstrual health.
As a result of being awarded recognition in the Frontier Innovators programme in (DFAT) in 2018, Mamma’s Laef Charitable Trust was formed, to formally support the development of Mamma’s Laef Vanuatu (a ni-Vanuatu owned and operated social enterprise, trading as a business). Together the two entities have a VISION to be “Supporting women to control their future”. Our Mission Statement describes how we do this; “Mamma’s Laef empowers women by providing sustainable menstrual products, creating social enterprise, and breaking taboos about menstruation.”
Funds raised by Give A Little are tagged to be used in the supply of packs of pads for distribution to women of all ages in communities across Vanuatu.
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Necessity is the mother of invention.
Well, we didn't INVENT the reusable baby nappy.
We have definitely spent a lot of time, energy and money researching, developing, sewing, changing and trialling a modern reusable baby nappy for Vanuatu.
We now have a prototype that has been trialled in 3 communities near Port Vila and sold directly to families in Port Vila.
Fortunately for Mammas Laef Vanuatu the British company, Bambino Mio who have worked in the industry for 25+ years, have been giving us their technical supports. With the help of SAVVY Vanuatu, a report has now been published, giving a great starting point of how Vanuatu might approach the pending disposable baby nappy ban.
The Report was handed over to the Department of Industry last week.
To read more; follow the link in our blog.
There's a great little video too - check it out.
Our innovation continues, always from the basis, what is it we can do to support women in Vanuatu to take control of their future.
Thank you for your encouraging words. Yes we are continuing this work - almost 6 years since the idea was first considered. A lot more to do yet. We are committed. We appreciate your donation. Thank you.
Thanks Jessica to thinking of Mamma's Laef and our work in Vanuatu. We appreciate your donation, which will be added to others, and once we have funds for around 100 reusable menstrual packs, distribution will be arranged. Tank yu tumas.
Thank you for supporting our work in Vanuatu. Your donation will provide 2 more women with reusable, locally made menstrual pads. We appreciate you taking the time to support us.
Thank you for your generosity. It is appreciated and will help provide a woman in Vanuatu with essential menstrual health products.
Thank you for kickstarting our 2021 donations off :) We appreciate you thinking of Mammas Laef Vanuatu and the work we will be doing in 2021. Kind regards Belinda & the Vanuatu team.