My name is Claire Coder and I noticed a national problem. Feminine hygiene products are taxed in 40 states, they are not covered by WIC or food stamps, and they are rarely accounted for as a budget line item, even by women centered organizations. Menstruation is a taboo subject so these problems are never addressed. I was tired of not talking about things that mattered and mindlessly donating money and tampons, so I decided it was up to me to create a sustainable solution to the problem, thus Aunt Flow was formed.
2) Describe your Community Initiative Project.
Aunt Flow is committed to lessening the taboo of talking about tampons and providing feminine hygiene products to women in need. The social enterprise is a buy-one, give-one subscription model for 100% cotton tampons. Women can go online, customize a box of tampons, and have it delivered to her door. For every box she receives, a box is donated to one of our partner organizations of the month. Our YouTube channel was created in efforts to lessen the taboo.
3) What is your goal for this project?
Aunt Flow may not be solving poverty, but we are working to solve a part of it, one cycle at a time. Within in our first year of business, Aunt Flow will donate over 100,000 tampons, release 100 videos to break the taboo, and support 20 organizations across the country.
4) How much money do you need and what will you use it for?
Aunt Flow is currently crowdfunding $25,000 to purchase our first run of tampons that will supply over 5,000 women with tampons. We are just under $4,000 away from our goal. This grant will make us one step closer to our crowdfunding goal, one step closer to a sustainable solution, and many cycles closer to providing women with the products that they need.