Period Kits Fights Period Poverty
Updated: Jul 16
Planting the Seed
The Period Kits organization was started March of 2018 by a woman named Ashley who wanted to spend her birthday creating a massive amount of period kits for her community. Later that year, Ashley and her husband soon took off to travel the world. Unbeknownst to her, she planted a seed with Geoff Davis. A seed that would soon resonate into a growing and thriving company in the Denver, Colorado area.
Dependable and Consistent Access
Period Kits' wants to create a world where anyone who has a period has dependable and consistent access to the products they need whenever they need them. They are consistently working toward this vision, through street outreach and by providing kits to community partners whose goals align. With my interview with Geoff, I learned that 20 percent of all proceeds are given back to people who experience homelessness in the Denver metropolitan area.
For people with a period experiencing homelessness, unstable housing or extreme poverty, Period Kits are a valuable gift. Each kit containing an estimated 3-month supply of 40 tampons, 20 pads, 20 liners, a package of wipes and six pairs of underwear. As the organization gains traction and more popularity, Geoff expects the demand to grow. With a wait-list of about 325 kits a month, meeting that demand is not always easy. The organization works with local nonprofits in the Denver area, and spent their first year building kits in local coffee shops with just donations that were given to them.
Working Himself Out of Work
Because no human should have to choose between food, or tampons! During my interview with Geoff, he said a something that stuck with me: “a long-term goal of any non- profit is to put themselves out of business.” To me, it means any nonprofit that is legitimately working to reach their goal should surely be working themselves out of work. I oscillated on that notion for a while after the interview. For someone to have to pick food over a pack of menstrual products is unethical, but unfortunately it still happens. Risking a urinary tract infection or toxic shock syndrome to make a disposable product last is not right.
Through their many donations Period Kits has handed out over 187,000 products. Period Poverty is a tough battle to fight. To find out how to help fight this battle visit www.periodkits.org, or purchase from our site to donate to Period Kits at https://www.uterus.life/product-page/period-kits-1
About the Author
Josh Inyang, a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University who studied Public Health with an emphasis in health administration chose to spend his summer researching period poverty. Josh is a natural leader: he was voted president of his fraternity, as well as president of the governing Greek council during his last year at NIU. Josh is no stranger for advocating for the less fortunate: he has accumulated over 150 documented community service hours his senior year. With uterUS, Josh will be focusing on period poverty, a topic that is extraordinary among men his age. Josh is highly enthused in the uplift of others, and has become dedicated to the period poverty movement.