MakaPads

MakaPads are sanitary pads made from papyrus and paper waste. The naturally absorbent material has a high capacity (one pad can be used for 8 to 10 hours). Contrary to most other sanitary pads on the market, there is no additional absorption enhancement required. They are assembled with a moisture barrier and mesh covering and can be purchased with or without an adhesive.

The dried and pulverised papyrus fibres are processed into a thick paste with paper and water. This is dried in the sun, smoothed, pressed and cut to size into absorbent inserts with mechanically operated machines. The pads are sealed in packs of three and then exposed to ultra violet light to kill off all bacteria or germs. Because the sanitary napkins are made of natural material and do not contain any chemical additives, they are almost 100% biodegradable and do not cause any intolerances. The mostly manual production process needs very little electrical energy and can be generated via solar panels of total wattage 350 W. Subsequently, Makapads are produced with minimum carbon footprints

Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks, ISSBs

Not only are ISSBs environmentally sustainable, it is cheaper too! Research by a leading publication concludes that construction costs can be reduced by up to 30% using the ISSB. This is because the blocks are made on site and are uniformly shaped, while there is little mortar used between courses and much less need for plastering.

ISSB is stronger and more durable than the traditional fired brick. Experts at the world renowned Bath University have tested the ISSB and found it to be many times stronger than local Ugandan bricks. ISSB is Ugandan government approved and has a UNBS code 849

Using a curved block, rather than the straight one used for buildings, we construct rainwater harvesting water tanks at a fraction of the cost of other kinds of tank. These water tanks provide a valuable supplementary water supply for schools and homes. By doing this, T4T responds to water and sanitation needs in a country where many still have no access to clean water.