Meet Our New Enterprise Cohort!
When Days for Girls launched our Enterprise Program around 6 years ago, more than 500 groups and individuals jumped at the chance to learn more. Of these, 180 completed the training (or are working towards becoming certified) - and now operate Enterprises in 28 different countries around the world.
After listening and learning from this initial effort, we wanted to find a more efficient way to support local leaders in advancing menstrual health and education, while also creating livelihood opportunities. With that in mind, we created a robust, time-limited application process last spring for our DfG Enterprise Program. The plan was to select a small cohort of top-level leaders to launch Enterprises in 2020.
We rigorously evaluated 68 applications submitted through an RFP process, we selected eight amazing leaders (and their teams) for the new cohort. At the same time, we fully refreshed our training curriculum according to learnings and feedback gathered from our original launch.
Unfortunately, plans to start training the new cohort were delayed by COVID-19. But after making a few adjustments (like moving the training online during lockdown), we are back on track! Please join us in welcoming these incredible new Enterprise leaders to the Days For Girls family (depicted above, clockwise from top left):
Lucy Odiwa, Tanzania
Lucy Achieng’ Odiwa is a quality health access practitioner and Co-Founder/CEO of WomenChoice Industries: a social enterprise that manufactures and distributes affordable, reusable sanitary towels to young women from low-resource settings in Tanzania.
Patrick Jude, Uganda
Patrick Jude is a social justice leader and Co-Founder/Executive Director of International Foundation for Recovery and Development (IFRAD). There, he works with rural communities in Uganda to address unemployment, poverty and gender based violence -- with a focus on fighting period poverty and reducing the marginalization of women and girls.
Juliana Katini Mdari, Kenya
Juliana is a gender equality champion serving women & girls in Barut, a rural area of Nrkuru, Kenya. Through Raise The Roof Kenya, she led efforts to empower women with menstrual health solutions (including DfG pads) and skills that lift them out of poverty – like dressmaking, cooking, soap making and more.
Joyce Kugblenu, Ghana
Joyce Kugblenu is an educationist with 12 years of experience working under the Ghana Education Service in the Ho Municipality. She is currently the CEO of WomenNow Ghana, an NGO focused on menstrual health management and adolescent reproductive health education/skills training.
Martha Charles, Tanzania
Martha Charles is a youth advocate and Livelihood Program Manager at Kindara for Youth Evolution, where she teaches entrepreneurship, business planning skills and menstrual health management to young people.
Kwame Grundow, Ghana
Kwame Grundow joins us with a bachelor’s degree in Development Planning and master’s degree in Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership. He has been inspired to work with women and girls to improve menstrual health management through Live Right Ghana.
Marian Aneke, Nigeria
Marian Aneke is the Education Lead Programs Officer at the South Saharan Social Development Organization, where she designs, implements and manages education-related projects and strategies to enhance learning impact. She is passionate about health education access, gender empowerment and helping young women to achieve their full potential.
Amidya Abul Latiff, Ghana
Amdiya is a Girl Child Education activist, social entrepreneur and SDG award-winner who leads sustainable development in rural areas of Ghana through education, mentorship and support.