The hope textiles industry project

Children Care Development Organisation (CCDO), the non profitability organisation has established the textile industry named as Hope Textile Industry.

The project was established in November 2020 so as to assist women who failed to continue with their further studies in Tanzania. To improve their social status, to increase their access to capital and financial services, to enhance entrepreneurship and inform employment opportunities. Hope Textiles Industry manufactures different types of sanitary pads, tissue, baby pompous, baby show, mosquito, nets, different types of school uniforms, African cultural dress, bed, sheets, school bags, blankets, different women and children clothes in general.

low cost and accessible sanitary ware for all school going girls

why ccdo started this project...

The main consumers of these sanitary pads are urban based women; only 2% of school girls across Tanzania (mostly urban based) use the disposable pads. There are rural school girls who have not even seen a sanitary pad. Girl pupils either use inappropriate materials to manage menstrual flow or/and opt to stay at home and not attend school during the 3-4 days of their menses. If they attend school without proper sanitary wear, many girls soil their uniforms and may suffer psychologically due to shame and embarrassment. Poor Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) can contribute to  poor performance and completion rates among girl pupils and exposes them to health risks.

Improving menstrual hygiene management (mhm)

This project is aimed at increasing school attendance for adolescent school girls, through improved menstrual hygiene management (MHM). To facilitate access to safe use while creating awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention strategies in general community. Most girls in rural primary schools who have reached puberty do not use appropriate sanitary wear during their monthly menstrual. They use local pads, i.e. rags, raw cotton and maize cobs. Due to lack of lack of water in most rural schools, washing of re-usable pads poses a serious challenge. Disposable pads are ready made commercial products. Quality assurance and certification for sanitation, hygiene and health safety of imported pads is provided by the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS).

MHM Management

training and mentorship

Currently, Hope Textiles Industry have 20 girls who have learnt how to design different things using traditional materials such as Kitenge, Treads, Batik etc… They are trained with tailoring skills, craft-making skills, arts, and ornament and decoration. However, we aim to equip them with designing skills to design different model materials with time. CCDO has already mobilized 166 different sewing and knitting machines including compressor machines, project offices and industry buildings for this project.

enterprise model & entrepreneurship

With training and mentorship provided in our centre, 80% get qualifications and provide positive results.

CCDO has built an enterprise model on a pilot basis in the working areas where group(s) of women have been fostered to run the business by themselves with handholding support. Since the objective of CCDO is to develop adolescent girls and women as entrepreneurs while taping their potential and imparting training for their skill diversification and becoming self-sufficient. As part of the social enterprise of the low-cost sanitary napkin business and our responsibility to society as a whole.

project activities/ objectives

1)       Engagement of disposable sanitary pads entrepreneurs;

2)       Re-design process for product and packaging of sanitary pads;

3)       Conducting a customer survey, using BoP principles; 

4)       Enhancing knowledge of MHM within LGAs; 

5)       Enhancing knowledge of sanitary options among teachers and target group; 

6)       Filming and documentary and Monitoring and Evaluation.

7)       Manufacturing menstrual hygiene Pads and other related girls’ beauty and fashion clothes types.

These pads will be sold to young school girls and women in slum areas, cheaper and affordable to this group of women.

the idea is unique in terms of our low-cost mini sanitary pads.

compared to the modern production model which requires millions of dollars worth of equipment, our quality remains the same.

We also request foreign or local volunteers interested to train us on the issues of cultural arts and crafts as well beauty, fashion and cloth making