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Cape Town’s Chantelle Goliath determined to fight ‘period poverty’

Cape Town's Chantelle Goliath imports a sanitary pad called the Glory Pad in a bid to end 'period poverty'.

Cape Town entrepreneur Chantelle Goliath is sorely determined to play her part in ending ‘period poverty’ in South Africa. According to research released by Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic, 30% of South African girls miss school during their menstrual cycles due to limited or no access to sanitary products and Goliath is determined to put an end to this.

Chantelle Goliath, a cervical cancer survivor, is the founder of Milli Distributors which  imports a sanitary pad called the Glory Pad to SA from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a sustainable option for menstruation. The pad helps with fungal infections and menstrual cramps and lasts up to 12 hours. It is also 100% organic and comes in biodegradable packaging.

“It’s great to have a decent sanitary pad that women or young ladies can have during their menstrual cycle. Now I am importing these pads to benefit all females,” Goliath said of the product.

It all started when in 2017, while in remission from cancer, and Chantelle Goliath got a complimentary ticket for the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum for their annual conference, where women from around the world get together to network.

There she met Hyasintha Ntuyeko, the founder and designer of the Glory Pad, and they formed a solid business relationship.

“Being able to afford sanitary pads is a big thing. Many girls are struggling. It is a big part of what I do, which is impacting disadvantaged communities,” Goliath said.

Goliath acknowledges that funding the business has not been easy but she hopes  large retailers will start stocking the sanitary pads by the beginning of next year.

In the meantime, Goliath and her husband Jerome continue to run menstrual education programmes through their New Heritage Foundation non-profit organisation (NPO), which was established in 2013.

In 2016, they established the Girl Programme, where volunteers visited schools to distribute sanitary pads to schoolgirls.They have menstrual programmes for girls with young girls receiving pads and being educated through menstrual talks.

The NPO receives donations through various organisations and companies to fund its various programmes and distribution drives, which cater to girls aged 11-18.

They regularly visit Klipfontein Methodist Primary School and different youth groups from Mitchells Plain.

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