We invest into human capital to help those in need acquire the skills and resources needed to lead a fulfilled life. The foundation is named after the late Daisy Thabete who was a symbol of unity, love, beauty and perseverance.
Daisies Foundation aims to help women and children disproportionately affected by poverty achieve upward mobility through sustainable investments into human development.
Our Strategic Objectives
Facilitate and foster sustainable investments into human capital. This includes, but is not limited to, improvements in health, education and/or the general elevation of standard of living.
Empower and encourage disadvantaged individuals to excel beyond their circumstances through the promotion of activities aimed at generating income and uplifting standards of living.
Advocate for social issues through social media platforms. Disseminate educational material in an effort to educate and mobilize the community at large.
Education in Zimbabwe
Missing school is common for girls who lack access to menstrual products and supplies. According to Zimbabwe's Ministry of Women and Youth Affairs (2015), 67% of girls miss school due to lack of sanitary products and 20% due to period pain.
This creates an environment in which specifically girls drop out of school and are forced to bring resources to the family through adverse means like child marriage, child prostitution or child labour.
As Daisies Foundation, we are proud to have supported 10 girls through their secondary education and 10 young women with digital design scholarships during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanitary Wear and Money
Many women cannot afford safe and affordable sanitary wear to meet their monthly needs. Crises like the COVID-19 pandemic have further restricted access to menstrual hygiene products. The solution to this is the provision of sustainable sanitary wear.
Disposable pads have a recurring and increasing financial burden on women. If we assume the average menstruator has a cycle length of 5 days, 13 menstrual cycles per year, and uses 22 tampons/pads per cycle – they will spend between $30-90 USD a year on menstrual products (UNICEF, 2019b).
Reusable pads have a once-off cost and can be used for 2-3 years. This limits the recurring monthly cost and increases accessibility for women with restricted access.
Using $2.50 USD as the average monthly cost for disposal pads in Zimbabwe and $14 USD as the average cost for reusable pads: $76 USD can be saved after 3 years. This affords low-income women and girls more freedom to use their disposable earnings for other essential goods.