" ECO-FRIENDLY, ECONOMICAL, EFFECTIVE, EMPOWERING! "
The Mpower Menstrual Cup is a menstrual management solution for all women and is made in Cape Town, South Africa.
The menstrual cup (MCup) is a non-absorbent reusable barrier cup that collects menstrual blood. It comes in 2 sizes and is made from medically approved, 100% pure silicone (which means no impurities like colour) in an FDA certified factory. Local design and manufacture ensures that safety and design standards are monitored and controlled by the owner.
The storage bag provided with each Mcup is made by a community project based in Ottery, Western Cape.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT THE MCUP
One Mcup is the equivalent of 1200 pads. Cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to pads and tampons. Reusable so no need for regularly purchasing, using and disposing of traditional pads/tampons. Does not contain latex. Nothing to throw away, or to run out of.
Hygienic & Reliable
Easy to clean as the lining is totally smooth and the tab is flat. Odourless and entirely invisible with no strings. Provides more reliable protection as it opens to form a seal that resists leakage. Non porous and non-absorbent.
Holds up to three times more fluid than the average tampon or pad. Can be used before first sexual intercourse and in conjunction with an IUD or contraceptive diaphragm. Safe to use before the onset of menstruation so ensures maximum preparation.
Comfortable & Convenient
Available in 2 sizes. Comfortable as it is made from soft flexible silicone rubber. Ideal for an active lifestyle eg: running, gym, yoga, swimming etc. and can be worn overnight. Needs to be changed less frequently than even the highest absorbency tampons. Convenient to carry in your bag.
Mpower menstrual cups was founded in 2008 by Glenda Tutt. It has a longstanding reputation of product excellence and positive impact. To grow its impact and to support many more women and girls, the mpowercup project has been operated as a public benefit project by the New Moon Trust (PBO 930 073 341) from February 2022. The mpowercup project is initially focusing on partnering with high schools in the Western Cape and with other PBOs to provide menstrual cups to girls and women in need.
WHY USE AN MCUP?
- It is a sustainable solution in a culture that associates disposability with convenience
- It is an environmentally responsible choice.
- Cost Effective – your Mcup only needs to be replaced once every 5 years.
- Mcups are locally manufactured in Cape Town, under FDA conditions (link).
- It is made from medically approved, 100% pure silicone (which means no impurities like colour) in an FDA certified factory.
- Each Mcup comes in a storage bag which is made by a local community project – Mpower purchased machines, cutting tables and equipment for The Sewing Project and supplies the material, cotton and ribbon needed for production.
“Supporting women like Rina, from The Sewing Project, is close to my heart – earning cash for
work is empowering and dignifying for these women, whose children watch them hold their heads high.”
SA Women in need
Pads/tampons NOT in landfill
Money saved (rands)
The mpowercup project is operated by the New Moon Trust IT000707/2021
The New Moon Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with PBO reference number 930 073 341.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | GLENDA TUTT
“A quality product for women/girls to improve their menstrual health management. Everyone has the right to dignity.”
Glenda started Mpower menstrual cups in 2008, manufacturing Mcups locally and built the business over the last 14 years. Her teaching qualification and passion for education developed the education side of the business. She expanded Mpowercups to outreaches/corporate CSI projects, women’s health, sexual/reproductive health and puberty consulting to NGOs at grassroots level. Her passion to empower women/girls and keep them in school/work lead her to her dream of a Trust that hands out Mcups and improves menstrual health management in low-income settings. A dream that is becoming a reality.
TRUSTEE | NYOKO MUVANGUA
“Mcups provide a sense of dignity
and that is important.”
Nyoko obtained a degree in Economics from Smith College in Massachusetts (USA), LLB and Ph.D. degrees from UCT, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.
Prior to being called to the Bar, Nyoko worked as a law research clerk to former Chief Justice Mgcobo, and for Justices Fronemen and Zondo at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as a researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), as well as a part time lecturer at Wits University.
Nyoko is currently an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
TRUSTEE | LIBO BAM
“I am inspired by the passion and commitment that Mcups has for impacting the lives of Africa’s girl children.”
“When the opportunity arose to support an innovative, African, women-led initiative that is about empowering girls and restoring their dignity, I had to say YES.”
Libo is a corporate communications practitioner with more than 20 years of experience in stakeholder engagement, corporate and brand communication. She is currently Senior Manager for Alumni Relations at UCT. Libo is a proud University of Cape Town alumna and holds two degrees from the institution. In addition, she is a potential qualifier (December 2022) for the Executive MBA degree, UCT Graduate School of Business.
TRUSTEE | SANDY VAN HOOGSTRATEN
“Mcups are a no-brainer for anyone wanting a fairer, cleaner world.”
Sandy has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town and an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in the UK. She has worked as a strategic consultant and has run her own business with 40 staff for 10 years. She currently works as a political adviser and support to the leader of the opposition party in South Africa. Sandy founded and manages The Sugarbird Trust Foundation which clears alien vegetation from the Western Cape to protect the indigenous fauna and flora. Sandy founded the New Moon Trust.
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Ethical Co op
Mpower has run workshops for women and girls, facilitator training workshops and focus group discussions; has been involved with media launches and corporate CSI talks; has developed material for numerous outreach projects in urban, peri-urban and rural settings, and contributed to research commissions and published papers.
The Dignity CampaignMpowercups partners with and supplies Mcups to the Dignity Campaign, an NGO based in Cape Town.
The Dignity Campaign addresses some of the challenges women in this country face in a holistic way. This way the campaign provides not only access to better health but also on the general wellbeing of women and girls. This intervention is critical especially as millions of women and girls from poorer communities cannot afford basic hygiene and sanitary products compromising on their health and dignity. Women play a great role in raising families and children and this intervention has an impact on strengthening families and empowering women and communities.
SK FM RADIO INTERVIEWThe Sekhukhune Community Radio Station is a non-profit organisation, and covers the whole of the Sekhukhune District Municipality.
Mpowercups uses local and community radio because it is the most accessible means of information sharing among the poor, especially in remote, marginal areas thanks to a low-cost and accessible infrastructure. Radio broadcasts have the advantage of being capable of easily conveying information in local languages, strengthening community values and sense of belonging. Local and community radios in particular are often open to content contributed by listeners and used for a variety of purposes such as knowledge sharing, social mobilisation and capacity-building.
Knowing that sustainable development of poor and remote communities will not happen unless it is actively driven by individuals and groups within these communities, radio and other community media have a key role to play.
SK FM Radio were instrumental in “getting the Mcups word out there” to the community and affording women the opportunity to attend the information session about a solution to their menstrual management on a sustainable level.
MORATIWA SHOPPING CENTRE EMPOWERS WOMENMoratiwa Shopping Centre is well recognised as a community mall that is always reaching out and looking for new ways to make a difference.
Moratiwa Shopping Centre, owned by shareholder Vukile Property Fund and shareholder The Masemola Family Trust in the Limpopo Province, is well recognized as a community mall that is always reaching out and looking for ways to make a difference in the local communities.
Recently, a specific need was identified amongst the women in the Moratiwa community. Despite the fact that communities affected by poverty are largely held together by women, these intrepid women, like so many others from rural and disadvantaged environments, are stripped of their dignity for two simple reasons: They cannot afford basic feminine hygiene and sanitary products and notwithstanding the fact that the rural areas are not being serviced by proper sewerage facilities. This problem is not only humiliating; it hampers their everyday lives in many practical ways.
When JHI Property Management, the managing agents together with the marketing company, Mustard Seed, discovered that 60% of women in South Africa do not have access to basic feminine hygiene products and that girls in these communities miss almost 20% of their school year as a result, they began the search for a long-term, viable solution for the Moratiwa community.
Research revealed the existence of an environmentally-friendly product, MPower Cup, which offers a cost-effective alternative to conventional sanitary products. Glenda Tutt, who developed the product, explained that the MPower Cup is made from 100% medical grade silicone, which makes it reusable for up to five years. It is eco-friendly, economical, effective and empowering.
(For further information, visit www.mpowercup.co.za.)
Moved by the plight of the women from the local community, MPower Cup came on board with their extensive knowledge and something they call The Karabo Initiative. The Karabo Initiative is a project specially geared to helping women in poor communities to enjoy quality feminine health and to regain their dignity. As part of the plan, a social worker or clinic sister is selected and trained as a mentor and product educator. Then women within the community are recognized to become recipients of MPower products and to educate and support other women in similar situations.
Spar and Build It, joined the initiative with great enthusiasm, generously contributing to the project by donating 50 MPower Cups each, to the value of R10 000. Spar also volunteered their staff members to assist and facilitate where needed.
The project was launched at the Moratiwa MPower Women’s Dignity Day on Friday, 17 August. Two hundred Grade 12 girls from local community high schools were invited to attend the event and were treated to a day of inspiration and education. They each received a gift bag containing an MPower Cup and other personal pamper products.
PBC Dignity EventPinelands Baptist Church organises an MPowering event for the women in their community to learn and MPower not only themselves but other women too.
As women, we are connected to each other through a special bond of sisterhood. We know that God has a special heart for women. A heart that seeks to raise up a generation of great women -women that are valued, dignified and united. As part of PBC’s Dignity Campaign women were invited to a special women’s workshop and it was a relaxing, fun and informative afternoon which included:
– A panel discussion by experts in gynaecology, psychology and women’s health
– A presentation about Beautiful Gate’s Dignity Campaign and the role of the Mpower menstrual cup
– Vibrant and real women speakers
Themes for the day
– Mothers and daughters in our hearts
– Looking outwards and doing something about restoring the dignity of women
“I not only learnt about myself which was so empowering but I was made aware of (and have donated an Mcup) the situation facing many women in our country who do not have a solution to manage their monthly cycle. I love using my Mcup and am proud to have made a difference in another women’s life”
Dignity Campaign Facilitator TrainingDC facilitators are MPowered, equipped and released to run Dignity Days and programs. Each facilitator uses an Mcup and is product trained to teach other girls to do the same.
Children’s Home Girls MpoweredGirls from Durban children’s homes are taught about themselves, their bodies and introduced to the amazing world of using an Mcup.
The Mpower menstrual cup Dignity Campaign is a tool to healing and restorations of our communities.
The Dignity Centre is a mobile crisis pregnancy centre, helping women and teenage girls deal with unplanned pregnancies. Our aim is to holistically provide support, advice, and counselling, to restore and affirm their dignity.
The joy of seeing the impact in the lives of these girls as they began to break all the negative thoughts and lies that for years has been spoken over them has been just short of a miracle as they beginning to dream again the impossible for their lives.
The campaign has been very effective in helping to build their self-worth, fighting against all the lies and negative self-prophesies in their lives, as most of these teenage girls coming out of broken, and abuse circumstance. Just under one hundred teenage girls, filled the hall and were treated them with dignity, respect, and self-worth empowering them to go out and do the same.
The girls were educated concerning the development of their bodies and how to take care of it physically. It was heart breaking to hear that some of these girls as young as ten years old having had been raped and abused in their communities. Grace Goeda Director of the Dignity Centre, welcomed the initiative of the Cape Town based Dignity Campaign: ‘The Dignity Campaign, is such a vital tool for the healing and restoration of our communities. Being able to provide each of the girls with an Mcup has given them a chance to attend school every day as most of them were missing a week or more each month.”