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Hundreds of Platfontein residents benefit from Project Lilly

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The reason behind Project Lilly is to restore dignity to women and girls in areas where poverty plays a big role.

Nerina Smith from Project Lilly is currently in Kimberley, teaching residents from Platfontein to make their own sanitary towels. Seen here is how one of the towels look. Picture: Danie van der Lith

HUNDREDS of female residents from Platfontein, just outside of Kimberley, will benefit from a project that was started there recently. Nerina Smith from Project Lilly is teaching women from Platfontein to make their own washable sanitary towels.

Because Platfontein is so far out of town, a taxi trip to town and back can cost you forty-eight Rand, including a pack of disposable sanitary towels. Therefore, Project Lilly teaches the women from Platfontein how to make the sanitary towels and save money.

The towels are made up of different kinds of materials, including a waterproof layer to prevent any leakage. Nerina says that her home-made towels are better than most sanitary towels on the market.

The reason behind Project Lilly is to restore dignity to women and girls in areas where poverty plays a big role. It is so important for a schoolgirl to be able to have a sanitary towel available when needed. It takes away the fear of being laughed at when something unexpected happens.

Project Lilly is an empowering tool for women and girls in the area and works to bring dignity to young girls transitioning into becoming women.

Nerina hopes that the Platfontein women will teach other women how to make the sanitary towels and that it will branch out to other areas where it can be useful.

Women from Platfontein learning how to make their own sanitary towels. Picture Danie van der Lith
The sanitary towels that some of the Platfontein residents are being shown how to make themselves. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Video: danie van der Lith

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