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Former Big Brother Africa rep, entrepreneur nominated for international award.

By Timothy Ntilosanje 

A 29- year- old Malawian innovator and activist, Natasha Annie Tonthola has been nominated and shortlisted as one of the five finalists in the Youth Activist Category under Youth Entrepreneurship Competition for her initiative called ‘Project Dignity’.

Natasha’s ‘Project Dignity’ success to venture into the competition has been achieved by her non- profit organisation Mama Africa Foundation Trust (MAFT) which focuses on workplace and household gender issues which she established in 2011.

According to Natasha, one of the objectives of Dignity Project is to contribute 100 percent to environmental sustainability by switching women globally from disposable sanitary products e.g pads and diapers to reusable washable sanitary resources hence fighting climate change. “My project is targeting environmental sustainability, a girl child education and her hygienic in comprehensive menstrual management, child and early marriages and contributing to Zero new HIV infections among the youth, among other things,” highlighted Tonthola. In her project through MAFT, Tonthola, designed, manufactured and distributed free reusable sanitary pads to keep girls in schools; raising awareness and advocating using the media and community out reaches; putting boys and men in the forefront to support the girl- hence promoting He- For- She approaches so that males get involved in the campaign.

Youth Entrepreneurship Competition is a worldwide competition that seeks ideas and projects that may bring a positive change to the world. Winners of the competition will be announced at the Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin on 9th October 2016 and this year’s Best Projects Category grand prize winner will receive a Gold Medal and a certificate.

Vote here: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/354


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