Project Everest

Impact Assessment: Sanitation Amisen April 2019

by
Lucy Cliff
Lucy Cliff | 5 months ago | in ROA **TRAINING**

Impact assessment

Positives

1. Improved hygiene

Currently, traditional sanitary methods of leaves or rags cause a multitude of female hygiene health issues, including pregnancy complications. This is due to washing the products in dirty water as well as not allowing them to dry properly (due to the social unacceptance of these products being seen by men) which causes a damp environment for bacteria to grow. Period underwear dramatically improve this situation through their discreteness so that they can be allowed to dry properly between uses. The anti-microbial fibres support a clean underwear environment and safe washing instructions are included with each product.

 

2. Improved access to hygienic sanitary product

Access is created through the distribution of a hygienic sanitary product to rural communities like Vengara and Juntha as well as Keisala. The product also causes awareness by stimulating conversation among women’s social groups and education through the washing/cleaning instructions provided with the period underwear. Where women felt isolation, they now feel connected. The other point of access is having a product that is affordable for the low socioeconomic through the subscription service, from this they feel included and supported.

 

3. Increased comfort

The solution is a comfortable product to wear, as opposed to using leaves, bulky and leaking pads, or no solution at all. Mobility whilst menstruating is increased dramatically by having self absorbent material, meaning that women can continue to work and go to school. Women won’t miss out on opportunity to access education and will leave them in better financial situations.

 

4. Decreased embarrassment and isolation

Social stigma surrounding women’s menstrual cycle means that women feel uncomfortable with people knowing they have their period, particularly men. For the solution to be adopted by the local women, it must allow them to be discrete about the processes involved in using the sanitary product. This encompasses buying, receiving, wearing, washing and disposal. Women felt ashamed if people had the knowledge about their menstruation and would need to wash and dry rags away from the house. They can now feel more freedom in being able to dry their period underwear amongst general washing as it saves them time.

 Negatives

1. Disposal

Our product will be reusable; however, it does have a limited lifetime. That has been calculated at 6 months, after which, the underwear will be collected and disposed of by PEV. This has a negative impact on the environment as it will be adding to landfill in Armisen. This is a particularly bad outcome as we are currently importing goods which eventually just end up in landfill, a highly unsustainable practices.

2. Taking away Business from Locals

Providing this product for the women of Amisen means that current practises will not be used, including practise that provides business to locals. Initially we tried to sell our product through a local business, but due to logistics behind this, we discovered it to be an unviable. This has a negative impact through taking away revenue for locals, impacting on their quality of life.

3. Importing

At this stage of the project the product, the period underwear, is being imported. This means that costs associated with manufacturing do not go to the people of the community we are trying to serve. This also means we are selling a product to the locals and part of that the money they will be spending on them will be going outside of Amisen. As the business grows, this effect will also grow. Ultimately look at producing the product in country is a fix for this.

 

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