The 29- year- old former Big Brother Africa (BBA) representative for Malawi, Natasha Annie Tonthola, has been nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition for her efforts to liberate the girl child in a category that has attracted 107 entries.
She is among candidates with her ‘Project Dignity’ which mainly targets the Malawian girl child.
Tonthola through her non-profit organisation Mama Africa Foundation Trust implemented Project Dignity in 2012 with the aim of keeping the girl child at school by providing them with needed resources.
With her initiative, Tonthola says her project contributes to the fight against climate change with her own designed washable ladies pants, pads and diapers and in the process will also help to tackle global challenge of waste management.
“By switching to reusable menstrual products we can eliminate a vast amount of waste during a woman’s lifetime. One of my dreams is to make young girls and women menstruate ‘green’,” she said.
She added that through her Project Dignity she has distributed free reusable sanitary pads to Malawian girls across the country to keep them in school.
According to Tonthola, her nomination has boosted her strengths to continue her humanitarian deeds. She however appealed for votes in the competition to keep her dream of reaching 500, 000 marginalized girls a year and 5, 000 000 women a year nationwide with Project Dignity.
Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is a worldwide competition which calls young innovators to co- create a peaceful and sustainable world and this year’s winners will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Summit which will be held in Berlin on 9 October.
Vote here: http://tinyurl.com/Vote4Dignity (Scroll down the page to vote)