About Tilimbikile

padslogoIn Malawi’s national language of Chichewa, the word Tilimbikile means ‘let us work together’ and is used as an encouragement to work hard and remain strong.

The project is named Tilimbikile to reflect the resilient spirit of Malawian women and girls who are dedicated to improving their lives and bettering their nation as a whole. The project offers a creative way to promote women’s education and economic empowerment.

Tilimbikile is a project which supports girls to stay in school while they are menstruating and at the same time provides business opportunities to Malawian women. We believe that combining the issues of girl child education and the economic empowerment of Malawian women enhances the project’s potential to confront issues of intergenerational poverty and create lasting effects for development.

Considering recent developments in Malawi, which include the appointment of women’s rights activist Hon. Joyce Banda as president, we feel that it is an ideal time to make women and girls voices heard. We seek to advocate for their inclusion in the formal economy, the education system as well as in local community initiatives and leadership positions. Together let us work hard and be strong— Tilimbikile!

The aim of the Tilimbikile Project is to support the development of Malawi through a sanitary pad income generating project with the following objectives:

  • Promoting girl child education through ensuring that girls can attend school and be productive while menstruating
  • Promoting gender equality through empowering girls and women
  • Supporting the sustainable livelihood/economic empowerment of women through income generation and empowerment with business and sewing skills
  • Provide Malawi’s women and girls with an affordable, comfortable and environmentally friendly sanitary product in the form of a reusable pad
  • Support Malawi’s environment through the reduction of use of disposable sanitary pads which are oftentimes burned

Why is Tilimbikile so important for women and girls in Malawi?

Malawi is one of the world’s least developed nations. Abject poverty, gender inequality and inadequate access to education are daily realities for many of the country’s citizens. Women and girls are amongst the most vulnerable as the feminization of social issues is rampant in all corners of this small Southeastern African nation.

Countless women in Malawi are denied full access to fundamental rights such as physical integrity, health, education and the ability to participate equally due to prevailing constructs of gendered inequalities. Harmful traditions currently undermine development progress and we believe that by investing in women and girls, true social progress can be witnessed.

Furthermore, low level of girl child education is a key barrier to sustainable development in Malawi. Girls face a number of barriers in receiving an education including biased curriculum, negative cultural practices, child marriage, early pregnancies, lack of resources, social and work pressures and a lack of access menstrual hygiene products. We believe that through promoting education and providing access to menstrual resources, more girls will become educated.

Investing in the education of girls must be placed at the core of development agendas, founded on the conviction that the world can change with the power of our generation. We believe in the unbounded potential of girls and that educated girls grow up to become educated women and community leaders with the tools to transform their reality and influence the direction of their societies.