Growing up in South Africa, Naseega witnessed friends and classmates marry too young, become mothers too soon and get diagnosed with HIV.
Today, she is speaking up as a health educator with Keeping Girls In School (KGS), a programme supported by the Global Fund which Reckitt helps fund via the (DUREX)RED campaign.
Through KGS, she is one of the people on the ground who are helping to empower girls by encouraging them to stay in school and improving their access to reproductive health services and education, ultimately reducing new HIV infections and pregnancies among young women in South Africa.
"When I work with girls, I understand them – I know where they’re coming from because I’ve been there."
Keeping Girls in School, South Africa
Read the full story on pages 11-12 of the Social Impact Investment Report.
Kaushaliya Pawara works as a Community Nutrition Worker, as a part of the Nutrition India Programme (NIP). She decided to join the programmes after witnessing first-hand the impact of malnutrition in her own village.
Through NIP, Kaushaliya has developed new skills and a livelihood that also empowers her and others like her to make a real difference to her community, and to a whole generation of local children that represent their future.
"I have seen many village women not able to feed their child, and as a result many children died. I am very happy to work for a project where I am restoring lactation to the mothers and saving the life of a child who has just seen the light of life."
Nutrition India Programme
Read the full story on pages 16-18 of the Social Impact Investment Report.
Anis is a young mother who sells food with her mother at a local market. Every day before work, they trek to a local river to relieve themselves. Through local Water.org partner KOMIDA, Anis learned this daily routine of defecating and bathing in the same body of water was not good for one’s health.
Anis decided she and her family needed a toilet with a septic tank and bathroom. She was able to meet this need quickly with a small loan she took through KOMIDA. It took seven days to construct the toilet and now months later, her whole family continues to benefit from this decision. Anis no longer worries about rushing to the river early in the morning and has more time to prepare for the market. Anis and her family members can conveniently use the bathroom at any time. For this and the healthy life her family now enjoys, she is pleased and thankful.
Read the full story on pages 21-22 of the Social Impact Investment Report.