The First Lady of the Republic Of Kenya, Mama Rachel Ruto on Thursday officially unveiled a sanitary pads factory in Kisaju, Kajiado County.
The Sifa Pad & Praise Project, which is an initiative of the Kenya Assemblies of God Church in partnership with the WorldServe International Kenya, seeks to provide underprivileged girls with sanitary pads while empowering them with information and life skills to navigate the future.
Speaking during the launch of the project, Mama Rachel Ruto lauded the initiative as a life-transforming program.
“The Sifa Pad Factory & Praise Project is a life-giving and life-transforming program. It is not only about providing our daughters with sanitary pads, but also about protecting them from negative life altering issues, if this Program was not in place.
For this I applaud you and ask that you see your work as one of giving our girls an opportunity to get an education and to live their lives with the dignity they deserve,” Mama Rachel Ruto said.
The sanitary pads factory which has been set up with the assistance of Hands Of Hope – Joyce Meyer Ministry World Missions has the capacity of producing 200 sanitary pads per minute.This, according to the First Lady Mama Rachel Ruto, will have a great impact in the country.
“I was informed that this facility has a capacity of producing 200 pieces of biodegradable sanitary pads per minute. If the factory achieves full-scale production, it means that it can produce 96,000 pieces per day. This translates to 9,600 packs of 10 pads per pack, per day. Can you imagine the impact this project will have on our Nation?” the First Lady asked.
The sanitary pads produced from the factory are 100% biodegradable and friendly to the environment.
As an advocate of environmental conservation, the First Lady also urged organisations present to be champions of environmental protection and conservation.
“The protection of our environment is key. As Christians, we are stewards of the earth. God requires that we take care of our environment. This is why for me, incorporating environmentally friendly aspects to all our projects is key in ensuring that we tend to the environment,” Mama Rachel Ruto said.
“Taking care of our environment involves amongst other initiatives, growing trees so that we can reduce the effects of climate change, especially in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas,” Mama Rachel Ruto added.
Other religious leaders and delegates present at the unveiling of the factory were Archbishop Philip Kitoto, Governor of Kajiado County Joseph Ole Lenku, President of WorldServe International John Bongiorno, and David & Shelly Meyer from the Hand of Hope – Joyce Meyer Ministry World.