Kitambaa, which symbolizes and evokes ‘dignity’ in Swahili, aims to provide young African girls and women of childbearing age with washable pads that meet their hygienic needs, in order to enable them to go to school and so to participate in an equitable manner to national development. By reducing the upheavals caused - in their education and in their lives - by their periods, and the lack of accessibility to disposable hygiene products and adequate infrastructure, Kitambaa is providing an ecologically and financially sustainable solution while answering her community social needs.
Thanks to her experience in NY, her education and her life experience in Senegal, Yaye Helene understood very fast the importance to supplement any outside funds (NGO or donors’ funding) with local support - whether using a local Mayor’s enthusiasm or the new creation of a free zone in the country.
Y.H. Ndiaye founded the organization in 2019, and participated in the 2020 round of the AFIDBA, a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, international and bilingual programme dedicated to the inclusive, digital and sustainable economic growth in continental Africa, in partnership with Positive Planet International.
Guest Co-Host: Catherine Roggero-Lovisi, former President of Revlon North America