Bostik and Ontex donate over one million packets of feminine care products for girls in Zambia
This action was initiated a few months ago by Maydred Siamuzwe, an accountant working for Bostik in Stafford (United Kingdom), when she put a donation box in her workplace cafeteria, hoping to gather packets of feminine hygiene products for girls in her hometown near Lusaka (Zambia). Up of 500 million women world-wide are living each month in period poverty due to financial constraints. In some countries like Zambia, many girls miss several days of schools until drooping out because of a lack of access on basic feminine hygiene.
Bostik’s product line includes adhesives for the production of disposable hygiene articles. Maydred’s co-workers encouraged her to think bigger and offered to leverage the company’s network to help. Martin Langley, EMEA Regional Director for Bostik’s Global Hygiene Adhesives business, described Maydred’s efforts to Thomas Hooft at Ontex, an International Producer of Personal Hygiene Products and a customer of Bostik. “I expected a few boxes,” says Martin Langley, “Ontex responded with overwhelming generosity”.
Based on their experience, Ontex took care to set aside product they knew would be well-suited to the preferences in this region of the world. Bostik leveraged its global supply chain network, covered the shipping costs, and ensured the delivery would reach its destination. Siamuzwe wrote multiple letters validating the shipment and confirming that the containers would be received in Zambia by the foundation Divine Missions.