We have worked with a number of Kenyan partners across the country to distribute Ruby Cups to girls and young women. Ruby Cup field staff run educational sessions alongside the distribution of cups to give girls the right information they need to manage their menstrual health and use a Ruby Cup safely.
Our Buy One Give One model enables us to donate a Ruby Cup to a girl in Kenya each and every time a cup is purchased.
How it all started
Back in 2010, we first read about the situation that girls and women in developing countries are facing every month, and could hardly believe it was true. Research showed us that the problem is global – girls and women worldwide are facing similar problems. We discovered that menstruation poses a problem for girls in every country from Nepal, to India, to Zimbabwe. This was overwhelming. We knew then that we wanted to meet these women to talk, try to understand and see if Ruby Cup could be a solution to their problems.
So the questions was ‘where do we start?’ Our first steps began with a map of the world and the discovery of a powerful study carried out in Kenya by the African Population and Health Research Center
The study, from 2008, immediately gave us the direction that we needed. “Attitudes Towards, And Acceptability of Menstrual Cups as a Method for Managing Menstruation. Experiences of Schoolgirls and Women in Nairobi, Kenya“, was eye-opening had yielded very positive results in regards to satisfaction and social acceptability of cups. We saw then that there was a positive potential for change, and so the Ruby Cup journey was to begin in Kenya.
Since beginning work in Kenya in 2011 we have also partnered with organisations in Uganda, Zambia and South Africa. Have a look at our Blog to see more about these projects and partners.
This is the first video we made which shows one of the very first schools that we worked with in Kenya:
Kenya: facts and figures
- The Republic of Kenya is a state in East Africa with about 44 Million inhabitants.
- Kenya’s official languages are Swahili and English.
- Kenya lies across the equator in east-central Africa, on the coast of the Indian Ocean
- Largest city and capital is Nairobi with over 3 million inhabitants.
- Population figures of Nairobi are only estimates because the informal settlements can be huge and inhabitants difficult to count.
- The largest settlement in Kenya and East Africa is called Kibera and lies at the outskirts of Nairobi.
- Nairobi is also one of the cities in East Africa with major international companies and organizations located here.
- Kenya borders Somalia to the east, Ethiopia to the north, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, and Sudan to the northwest.