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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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Adopted Experiment

This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with the experiment ‘referee Currency Testing’. Lean Phase: Solution Assumption: Women who are currently using our cups and are seeking responsibility, an influential position within their community and be willing to act as a referee and distribute to their respective groups.   Time Period: 2 weeks Success Metric: 60% of the approached 10 customers respond positively to the UVP (Unique Value Proposition) and CTA (Call To Action) to...

Tram Huong Dinh
by Tram Huong Dinh
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Tram Huong Dinh
Project Summary

The main goal for the January team was to further build on the relationships established in December with the women of Malawi as well as to expand into alternate customer groups and present our MVP.  Due to the December teams successes in gaining the approval of distribution and initial sales, the focus for January was to continue to develop the business and streamline the project to ensure a scalable and sustainable business model. As a result, there were three main goals for the month; to...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith
Adopted Experiment

  This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with the experiment ‘Agent Offer Testing’ Lean Phase: MVP Purpose: To develop a currency test based around agent commission structures in order to ensure that agents are happy and the Ufulu business structure is sustainable. Assumption: Agents are willing and motivated to sell more cups if there is a monetary incentive to do so. Time Box:  4-6 weeks  Success Metric:  I) Prospective agents indicate that the commission rates...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith
Adopted Experiment

This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with the experiment ‘Agent Currency Testing’. Lean Phase: UVP Assumption: Women who are currently using the menstrual cups and are seeking new employment opportunities will be willing to act as an agent and distribute to their respective groups.   Time Period: 2 weeks Success Metric: 60% of approached customers respond positively to the UVP (Unique Value Proposition) and the CTA (Call To Action)   CRITERIA Green Light – Proceed...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith
Experiment Results

Reference to Experiment Post: https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/2833320 Experiment Design Post:  This experiment was designed to test whether institutions such as Schools, Professionals, Village Banks, Clinics and NGO’s are able to act as a channel for distribution and to make the solution affordable to the customer segment through payment plans/loans. This experiment would allow us to determine which channels act best to distribute and spread awareness of the cup. Lean...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith
Experiment Results

Reference to Experiment Post:  https://projecteverest.crowdicity.com/post/2833310 Experimental Design Post:  This experiment was designed in order to test the ability and willingness of Malawian women to pay for the MVP. The MVP is a menstrual cup which the team proposes will assist Malawian women in managing their menstruation with comfort and dignity. Conducting this experiment would enable the team to decide what price should be charged for the cups in consideration with what women...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith

[Proposed Experiment] Female Sanitation and Hygiene Malawi – NGO collaboration offer testing – June 2020 This experiment is to be conducted in conjunction with the experiment ‘NGO collaboration currency testing’.  Lean Phase:  Channels (Distribution Channels) Assumption:  That non-government organisations would be interested in purchasing menstrual cups to substitute their current menstrual hygiene provisions which are likely less sustainable, cost effective, comfortable and...

Grace Robin
by Grace Robin
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Grace Robin
Project Summary

The focus for December was to re-engage with the women of Malawi and present our MVP.  Despite the July teams inclinations towards the implementation of reusable pads, menstrual cups became the focus of the month due to their capacity to be approved by international health standards and its capacity to ensure a scalable and sustainable business model. Thus there were three main focuses of the month; to gain approval to distribute, currency test and utility test.  The team was able to gain...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith
Proposed Experiment

Lean Phase: Channels Purpose: To establish if institutions such as Schools, Professionals, Village Banks, Clinics and NGO’s are able to act as a channel for distribution and to make the solution affordable to the customer segment through payment plans/loans Assumption: Institutions are willing and able to sell the product to the customer segment through payment plans and loans Time Box:  4-6 weeks  Success Metric: Number of successful sales out of attempted sales made through...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith
Proposed Experiment

Lean Phase: Solution Purpose: To test the ability and willingness of Malawian women to pay for our MVP. Assumption: The women who have preexisting knowledge of menstrual cups ( contacted in December)  will be willing to pay for the MVP due to increase awareness of the product Time period: 2-4 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...

Olivia Dressler-Smith
by Olivia Dressler-Smith
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Olivia Dressler-Smith