Along Moi Avenue In Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) on The One Building, Behind Nation Centre, there’s a store that deals majorly in books.
Nuria Store is run by jovial and good-hearted businessman Abdullahi Bulle.
In the past few weeks, Mr Bulle launched a social responsibility activity targeting women and especially school going girls.
“I started giving out the pads for free at our pick up point along Moi Avenue. Then two local authors shared the initiative on Twitter and Instagram,” Mr. Bulle said.
During an interview with Citizen Digital in February 2020, he narrated how he came across two girls headed back to school and were struggling to carry their luggage: he decided to help.
It is after this encounter that he decided to start giving out sanitary pads at the bookstore.
Bulle acknowledges that sometimes women and girls are caught off-guard by their periods or they cannot afford to buy sanitary products and that’s where Nuria Store comes in.
The initiative has been supported by Media Personality Janet Mbugua who is also the founder of Inua Dada initiative.
Janet Mbugua is a menstrual health activist actively pushing for solutions to period poverty and misinformation that is often what leads to shame.
During a past interview, Janet Mbugua said it is this story and many others that drove her to write My First Time, a book that features stories of Kenyan women and the first time they got their period.
Meanwhile, Bulle continues to sell a variety of books and his store also receiving Sanitary Pads from well-wishers as he continues to distribute them to women in and outside Nairobi.
Bulle can be contacted on 0729829697.
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