Nonprofit helps fight against period poverty
Period poverty affects one-in-five women who cannot afford feminine hygiene products.
A nonprofit organization called Helping Women Period is working to address the issue through advocacy, education, and providing products for free.
Founder Lizny Tate explained that period products are very expensive, which can take a significant chunk out of a fixed budget.
Homeless and low-income women may resort to using other items like shirts and socks or use the products for longer than necessary, leading to infections.
Helping Women Period gives out free feminine products to those who cannot afford them, expanding from Lansing to West Michigan after merging with another organization.
They have partnered with over 200 non-profits and schools to help those who need it most.
According to Tate, 400,000 people live below the poverty line and cannot afford these products.
One in four girls miss school because of it, which leads to period and poverty stigmas.
The nonprofit hopes to reduce the stigma and increase awareness through education.
They are looking for more places to partner with in West Michigan to place drop boxes for donations.
Additionally, Helping Women Period educates people on unique products like period-proof swimwear.
For more information on how to get involved or where to find period products for free, visit the website provided.