Bayete Capital and associates made a big difference to women on one of South Africa’s iconic days designed just for women of all ages.

We donated sanitary towels, roll on deodorant, toothpaste, soap and face cloths on the 8th August.  This was to assist the Siyasizana Foundation, which focuses on improving the living conditions of children from underprivileged backgrounds, and they have been dedicated to this goal since June 2017. In the past year of being an active organisation they have been able to feed over 2000 children at Thusong Youth Centre in Alexandra, provide these children with blankets during the winter season, they threw them a successful Christmas Party, donated reading books to Emfundisweni Primary Schools library, donated over 300 packets of pads to a girls home in Hillbrow and necessities to an abandoned babies home in Hillbrow called Door Of Hope.

Their aim is to change the culture of giving back into our communities while empowering the youth as they are young people themselves.

The women of Bayete Capital made their way to Ratang Bana in Alexandra to distribute the Elle Cups. Elle International is a Non Profit Organization began in 2016 out of the need to empower young women in South Africa. Primarily they focus on areas of sexual-reproductive health as well as comprehensive education to promote dignity, education, health and socio-economic inclusion. They aim to provide a platform to serve women through comprehensive education around sustainable menstrual hygiene management.

Currently Elle Cup are actively involved in a number of high schools by providing education and training to school girls and teachers. On average, 1/10 girls drop out of school due to inadequate means to manage their menstruation. They strive to change these statistics through education and partnerships with organisations who also focus on women empowerment. Elle International aims to assist in meeting the longer term global challenges, such as put forward in the 2017 Sustainable development Goals to facilitate reducing school drop out rates amongst adolescent girls due to inadequate means/education and facilities to manage menstruation.

The cups were very well received by the young girls, who were very curious about the cup.  The cup can last up to 15 years if properly cared for.

The younger girls weren’t left out, they got to meet Snow White, who had accompanied the team, and much to their excitement, they were told stories and got to play games for the afternoon!