A ruby cup is a silicone menstrual cup. A safe, healthy, economical and long lasting alternative to pads and tampons.
Many young women in Kenya have limited access to pads or tampons, either due to cost or limited availability, and sanitation facilities are often very poor. Something that women in the UK take for granted.
When AAF heard about ruby cup, and considered the plight of the young women in North Eastern Kenya, we wanted to offer them the chance to also have access to a ruby cup.
In October 2015, with support from Ruby Cup itself, AAF were able to deliver 75 cups, along with education and support to girls in two local schools. We hope this is only the begining of the project and plan to deliver further supplies in the future. For further information on the ruby cup please visit www.rubycup.com or for further information on our project, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We met Amaia, the representative from Ruby Cup, at the Fairview, on return from our visit to Gai. She is a charming, enthusiastic and very able young lady who is passionate about her product. Incidentally, she text me twice before the visit to clarify the time and place and was indeed, waiting for me at reception at least ten minutes prior to our appointment! We spent a good hour chatting about AAF’s work at the clinic, especially our interest in Ruby Cup, and our other projects in the area.
The Ruby Cup Company will require a clear and concise report about our work in and around Gai and our intentions with Ruby Cup awareness and provision, to be presented to Amaia, if sponsorship is to be considered. This report should include reference to the small size of the charity, the ongoing involvement of a hands - on medical team and the fact that at least two visits are made annually by members of this team. Mention should be made of the sources of the distribution of Ruby Cup being, within 500 m of the clinic, where we actually live amongst the staff each time we visit the location and the important impact that this has on follow up, support and monitoring of the product.
Amaia was very pleased to hear that we worked closely with the local head teacher and staff at the secondary school. She particularly mentioned the short and concise questionnaire that we had put together being very beneficial. (This being preferable to a long involved questionnaire that might be discarded.) The questionnaires had a good uptake and were positive in their feedback.
I suggested the possibility of 'Ruby Buddies' whereby a student, already using the Cup, might be assigned to a new student who had no experience of usage and that that buddy might be available to discuss the pros and cons of menstruation and methods of dealing with its problems, in confidence, if the need arose. She was quite interested in this idea. She spoke, at length about various marketing strategies that she had come up with. Amongst these was giving sweets to everyone who completed their questionnaires! One prospective client, seeking sponsorship, had produced a Ruby cup poem to further their cause and this was well accepted by the company.
There is a very strong possibility that the local Rep in Nairobi, or even Amaia herself, will visit the medical team at Gai, in March and make her presentation of Ruby Cup to the students at the secondary school and indeed support Trudy.
I must stress that the interview was successful and follow up now is paramount. Amaia will require email contact and dates of the proposed visit plus,the all important report.