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I'd like to organise two Xmas charity donations - one for TeamMumsnet on Catapult and another private one to the women and girls I met in Kenya. I want to send them a big box of sanitary pads for Xmas. I'm in the process of organising this, so if you'd like to donate please PM me.
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Ah that's a shame TBH I hadn't remembered it quite right anyway, I had the impression it was a portable machine that women could use to make their own san pro and it was less expensive. Should have read the article before posting, still, I guess it was worth a mention.
I know it's a lot of money to raise, but if the money could be raised for the machine alone would that help, if they were only having to buy the materials? Rather than setting it up as a business they could perhaps use it collectively or something. I have no idea how widely available the raw materials are are or how cheap to buy is the only problem - if they cost much then it won't be much use!
Would you get away with no import tax if you sent 'left over' pads ie individually, hygienically wrapped but not in original boxes IYSWIM? Small amounts in individual parcels so it is not a 'commercial' exercise in any shape or form??
I spent some time in Uganda and had my mum send out about 10x the amount of pads I needed and never paid any kind of tax (not even for the included chocolate either...), but don't know about Kenya.
Ok, am just checking out if there are issues with import taxes as I don't want them to have problems with that. Have PMed those who contacted me earlier, but perhaps wait till I have sorted out the postal thing.