On Saturday, December 21, the Buyobo Women’s Association which manages WMI’s Buyobo Loan Hub, hosted Marissa Swanson, an employee for Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) in Bududa. Marissa taught the women how to make RUMPs and the benefits of using RUMPs. She also talked about family planning and how women can plan when they get pregnant so it is convenient for their families. AAH works with primary and secondary students and in talking to girls they realized many girls face health and education problems when they start menstruating. Girls often use unsanitary materials when menstruating because they are not able to afford proper sanitary napkins. In addition, they are embarrassed to attend school when menstruating so they often stay at home, which causes them to miss weeks of school during the year. With RUMPs girls are able to have a sanitary option to use when menstruating, and they are also able to attend school.
The women enjoyed making the RUMPs and said they would teach their daughters and other women in their households how to make them. They also said they learned so much from the discussion on family planning and asked Marissa to return to Buyobo any time she had a health lesson for them! This training was so popular that the line of women waiting to participate snaked around the WMI building.
RUMPS, HIV/Cervical Cancer screening, and similar types of outreach programs provide valuable support services to the women in the loan program. WMI continues to search for ways it can partner with other local organizations and individuals to bring new and useful ideas and information to the woman to improve their quality of life and family living standards in a sustainable manner.