Our Partnership with TAFCOM

10% of all Profits Donated to Charity

We are so pleased to announce our partnership with TAFCOM, an NGO based in Moshi, at the foothills of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Written by our Founder, Gemma

In the summer of 2017, I had the most amazing chance to visit Tanzania and volunteer for a charity called TAFCOM (Tanzanian Organization Facilitating Community Development Projects).

TAFCOM have been doing incredible work within their community, Moshi, which is located at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. Nie and Jonas founded TAFCOM in 2005, their mission being to support the local community through providing education in nutrition, healthcare, and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and education for local children, and training programs for women and local businesses.

Our founder Gemma with some of the girls at TAFCOM primary school.

Our founder Gemma with some of the girls at TAFCOM primary school.

TAFCOM runs both a nursery school and primary school too, and I had the privilege of volunteering here during my time spent in Tanzania. I also accompanied on home visits to those with HIV/AIDS, and took part in one of their business courses that TAFCOM runs to encourage locals to set up a small business to provide themselves with a sustainable income.

Nie and Jonas truly do the most amazing work and have so many projects going on within the community. It was incredible to be able to see first hand what a difference they were making, and it was so special to be able to play a small part in all of the programmes that they run.

It is my mission to make Avocadeau a responsible and ethical business, therefore I am so pleased to partner with TAFCOM. 10% of all profits will be donated to TAFCOM, which will go towards one of their new projects.

This project is dedicated to providing young girls with reusable sanitary pads, as girls were not going to school during their periods due to the lack of feminine hygiene products available. These girls have been using old rags or pieces of cloth as pads, staying at home to avoid the embarrassment of blood leaking through. TAFCOM have started a project to produce reusable sanitary pads, handmade by the girls in their tailoring school, enabling girls to go to school all year round. They provide training during school lessons on how to use the pad and clean it hygienically.

TAFCOM tailoring school making the reusable sanitary pads.

TAFCOM tailoring school making the reusable sanitary pads.

To make 1 reusable pad costs $1 USD, and TAFCOM are also making the pads as part of a kit, with 8 shields and 2 liners, costing $5 USD. This kit will last the girls two years.

Through donating 10% of profits per sale to this project we hope to provide as many of the $5 USD kits as possible to the girls within the district of Pasua, Moshi. This will enable these girls to go to school throughout the year, without their periods causing them unnecessary shame and embarrassment.