Improving the accessibility of safe, hygienic feminine hygiene products is an important element of the programme. The way this is achieved is equally as important. Wantaim PNG believes that free hand outs are rarely the best solution.
Despite being easiest to implement, free hands-out typically undermine genuine efforts towards sustainable, community led development.
The Hamamas Meri programme comprises 3 core training modules and a marketing overlay to help secure kit sales and valuable income for participating groups. When women’s groups unite to solve their own problems, individual
self esteem and fellowship is strengthened and entire communities reap the benefits. Hamamas Meri is tok pisin for ‘happy women or girls’.
This concept is central to Wantaim PNG’s reason for being: supporting rural PNG communities to thrive.