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Gender Equality, Female Sanitation

Female Sanitation and Hygiene - Malawi

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Why Sanitation?

There are many problems associated with limited female hygiene and sanitation. Lack of sufficient education around periods creates a culture of shame, which at best, creates awkwardness and at worst, is outright dangerous. Women often withdraw from everyday activities as a result of this shame. Women rarely get any education about menstruation and conversations tend to be very limited due to the taboo nature of the topic. Sourcing female hygiene products can often be uncomfortable and dangerous for women.

The Female Sanitation and Hygiene project aims to address several issues:

  1. Inadequate hygiene practices leading to reproductive diseases and other health problems
  2. Difficulties in accessing affordable sanitary products
  3. Social isolation and missing out on education
  4. Lack of sustainable livelihood
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Proposed Experiment

Lean Phase : MVP Purpose: To establish if the MVP adequately solves the customer segments identified problem Assumption: The features of the MVP allow women to menstruate in comfort and dignity, without impacting their day to day life. Time Box:   4 weeks  S uccess Metric: 60% of participants experience an increased ability to menstruate in dignity (see experiment build) CRITERIA Green Light: Proceed to channels and distribution Success point: More than 60% of...

Jemima Crawford
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Lean Phase: MVP Purpose: To establish if the early adopter customer segment are willing to pay for a solution. Assumption: Women will be willing to pay for a menstrual item that addresses the problems they experience with their current material   Time Box:   2 weeks   Success Metric: 60% of the early adopter customer segment approached are willing to pay for the MVP and participate in utility test. Criteria Green Light: Proceed to conduct utility test Success point:...

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Project Summary

July was the first month operating the Female Hygiene and Sanitation Project in Malawi. Despite growing attention on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in the global arena there has been little quantifiable data and research collected on the space in Malawi. The team entered the month almost completely in the dark, with no idea how the project would go or how it would be received by the community. In light of the sensitive nature of menstruation, the first steps taken was meetings with...

Jemima Crawford
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Experiment Results

Experiment Design Post : https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/2004660 Lean Phase: Offer testing/ UVP Purpose: To validate UVP with our customer segment Assumption: The customer segment identifies with the problem statement and express an interest in the UVP : ' a solution that allows women to menstruate with dignity and comfort, so it no longer impacts day to day life and productivity'   Time Box:  2 weeks Success Metric: % of women and girls who respond...

by Jemima Crawford
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Problem

Lean phase: Problem Definition  Aim: The aim of this post is to identify the most prevalent issues that Malawian women experience in relation to menstruation.  The problem definition  is centered around three major pillars identified over the last month of research. Women lack access to affordable, hygienic sanitary products Current methods of MHM are inadequate and don't allow women to menstruate with dignity, hygiene and comfort Inadequate means to manage...

Jemima Crawford
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Customer Segment

LEAN phase: Customer Segment Introduction:  The July 2019 Female Sanitation Team have been researching and analysing information gathered from Malawian women and girls regarding their experiences and struggles with menstruation. The team have obtained an understanding of the thoughts, concerns and desires of Malawian women in relation to their current methods of menstrual hygiene management (hereby MHM). Through conducting surveys, facilitating focus group discussions and meeting...

by Jemima Crawford
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Adopted Experiment

This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with experiment ‘Problem Definition’ and ‘Customer Segment Lean Phase : UVP (unique value proposition) Assumption : Our customer segments identify with the problem statement and express an interest in our unique value proposition.  Time Period : 2 weeks Success Metric : 60% of participants respond positively to UVP (Unique Value Proposition) and CTA (Call To Action) (see experiment build below)  CRITERIA Green Light – Proceed to...

by Karli Chan
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Adopted Experiment

This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with experiment 'Problem Definition' Lean Phase: Customer Segment Question: Does the target beneficiary recognise that they have the problem we are trying to solve? Who could be our early adopters? Purpose: To validate our assumed early adopters . Assumptions: Our assumed early adopters are in two segments Customer Segment 1: Menstruating women over the age of 18 who are currently using materials to manage menstruation...

Andrew Vild
by Andrew Vild (Admin)
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Adopted Experiment

This experiment will be conducted in conjunction with "Customer Segment" Lean Phase: Problem Question: Are women in urban-rural communities of Malawi prepared to talk about menstruation? What are the challenges they identify? What is their perception of how it affects their ability to learn in and contribute to their community? Purpose: Empathise with customer segments to define the problem. Assumptions: ·   Women do not have access to affordable and effective products to manage...

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