For kids, of course. Mums cannot afford Pampers nor do they have the ability to wash reusables. Normally they pick an old plastic carrier bag from the street and stick their baby in that. Doris went to Mathare and Dandora – two of the worst areas, massive sprawling slums – and started training women in making waterproof panties from soft nylon material. They are then wiped clean and reused. Over several weeks, funded by Mama B, we established training workshops, bought a couple of sewing machines and all the materials needed for the women to train and to make their first batches for sale. From the original 3 training workshops we expanded into other slums and even down to Mpekatoni on the coast. There are now more than 500 women across these areas up and running and making and selling. And, as with all Mama B businesses, it grows by the day.
UPDATE SEPT 2015
We now have around 1000 women making waterproof pants. Big growth areas are Mombasa Watamu and Ganze. Amazingly now, in Eastleigh we are more or less the sole suppliers. However our success has spurred the Somalis there to go into production themselves. This group – after the initial set up which involved a paid trainer – has been more or less self seeding.