“If people don’t have enough money to buy food, it means they don’t have the means to buy a pad either. But this connection is never made.”
Period poverty in Malaysia has caused a wide health gap for its lower-income families. The inaccessibility of menstruation products to those who menstruate is known as period poverty, and it often results in missed school days and job opportunities for the affected. Over 500 million women and girls face period poverty across the globe each month. However, there are no statistics on how many people experience period poverty in Malaysia at the moment.
In SERUM's continuous outreach to underserved communities, we are able to identify the communities that are affected by period poverty.
SERUM aims to provide reusable sanitary pads for 250 beneficiaries from underserved communities across Malaysia. For every RM 60 donated, two reusable sanitary pads and one loofah soap are provided. We aim to provide a minimum of 2 reusable sanitary pads to each beneficiary. These reusable sanitary pads are made by our talented refugee artisans. Hence, each donation creates 2 layers of impact: health and economic impacts.
SERUM also collaborates closely with NGOs, universities, local youth groups, and social enterprises on the ground to ensure each of the supplies is channelled to the communities that are truly in need.
250 underserved beneficiaries will receive 2 pieces of reusable sanitary pads each. This will help in reducing period poverty issues in Malaysia. We hope that women in Malaysia will be able to have menstrual equity, and no one should be left out of this equation.
In addition, our refugee artisan who makes reusable sanitary pads will be empowered economically.
Donate now to create both health and economic impact on the underserved communities across Malaysia!
Goal 1 - Reusable Sanitary Pads. Amount Needed: MYR15,000.00
Raised of MYR 15,000.00 target.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, many underserved communities lost their source of income as they usually relied on physical events to sell their handmade items. While many are heavily affected, the underserved communities had it worse as they have been struggling to make ends meet even before the pandemic. While they are struggling to put food on their table, protecting themselves from the Covid has become their additional burden as they couldn’t afford to buy hygiene kits. The cost of purchasing hygiene supplies during the pandemic is higher than usual. Everyone should be given an opportunity to earn their living and be protected from this pandemic.
SERUM aims to provide an online platform for underserved communities to market their handmade products. At the same time, we hope to provide them the opportunities to protect themselves from this pandemic. The funds collected will be used to maintain our online platform and digital marketing to push out the products from the underserved communities. Meanwhile, we are fortunate enough in securing hygiene supplies at a low cost in which we will provide it to the underserved communities with every donation received towards our online platform. With every RM 10 donated to our cause in building the online platform, SERUM will donate a hygiene kit (face mask & 50 ml hand sanitizers) to a beneficiary.
To date, we have collaborations with NGOs such as Tanma Foundation, Taylor's Community, Majlis Belia Malaysia, Kedai Jalanan UM, Lady Ayaz Sewing Centre, Rohingya Women Development Network, Malaysian Karen Organisation, and Impact Malaysia. Through our platform, we have generated an income close to RM 30k to our underserved artisans. Along our journey, we discovered there are many more underserved communities that were stripped of their source of income. We hope to expand our platform to cater to more of the artisan's communities for them to earn an honest living.
Therefore, we would like to invite you to join us on this impact journey. We deeply thank every single one of you for your kind generosity and contribution.