Things will get better: How these resilient women are keeping us staying safe


You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending ~ CS. Lewis

The plight of our lives today has reminded us how our ways of life can be seemingly so uncertain and unpredictable. Plowing through and overcoming life unexpected circumstances is a true testament of resilience. Women who have overcome obstetric fistula know this very well. When they face devastating injuries while trying to bring life to this world – injuries so severe that leave them chronically incontinent, only to be corrected by surgery – their normal life and dignity, as they know it, is deprived from them.

Women recovering from fistula after surgery at the CCBRT Hospital in Tanzania are resilient human beings. They are blessed to have the Mabinti Center ('mabinti' means 'girls' in Swahili) help them gain skills and regain their courage and strength to rebuild their lives.  The center trains the women on screen-printing, sewing, beading and crochet. Mabinti ladies are also trained in entrepreneurial skills, support them with equipment and knowledge to live rebuild their lives.



PAMBA+NA is humbled to have the Mabinti Centre join our family of creatives - the centre is a true reflection of why we are in this journey and why we do what we do. Mabinti Center debut product – the Mabinti Mask - is fitting for the needs of our lives today. The Mabinti ladies have survived fistula and now they made beautiful afro-centric mask to keep you safe.

These handmade Afro-centric 2-Ply masks meet CDC recommendations for cloth masks and provide full cover protection for your nose and mouth. Since they are 100% cotton, they are breathable wear making them comfortable to wear even for long periods of time.  The elastic bands over the ears give you a personalized fit ─ offering a snugly fit, comfortably against the side of the face. They are washable and reusable, saving you money and protecting the earth from mask waste.




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