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Education – Sanitation – Sustainability – Enterprise – Gender Equality

Woman i bildimap woman blong mekem oli strong mo helti


Mamma’s Laef Vanuatu are based in a small village, on a small island in the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific ocean.
We sew reusable menstrual pads, distribute those pads to women and girls across the islands.  To maximise the impact of these pads, we also provide menstrual health awareness to recipients.

Not only that, but we deliver a unique menstrual health programme with men, by men.

Our approach to enterprise is holistic, as we provide a locally made, eco-friendly alternative to disposable (plastic) hygiene products, we have increased incomes in our community, by creating this enterprise.
We are innovative, exploring other reusable hygiene products to support the health and wellbeing of ni Vanuatu.
Ni-Vanuatu regard our land as our mother. We guard our lands and oceans with the love and respect we should give to our mothers. Climate change effects our daily lives. We are making changes to help combat the impact humans have made on our planet.

Mammas Laef Vanuatu was formally supported by Mamma’s Laef Charitable Trust in New Zealand until it’s closure in June 2022.

Together we can make a difference.

What We Do

Mamma’s Laef is a longest running project developed by Lav Kokonas. In the archipelago of Vanuatu we create and distribute reusable menstrual pads. We also educate, support and encourage innovation.

Who We Are

The concept of Mamma’s Laef was sparked when the owner of Lav Kokonas, Belinda Roselli asked the question in the wake of Cyclone Pam (March 2015). “In times of natural disaster in Vanuatu, what do women use for their monthly period?”

Over the next 6 months, the answer became clear. Menstrual tools were not easily accessible at any time for many rural living women in Vanuatu, resulting in women of all ages, not being able to fully participate in daily activities. Alongside the lack of menstrual resources, were the cultural taboos and confusing messages about menstrual health.

And so the plan was put in place to develop an enterprise in Vanuatu where local women would be given the opportunity in developing their skills and providing an income while sewing menstrual pads.

Mamma’s Laef, one of 14 businesses selected for the Frontier Innovators program.

Pacific Beat with Catherine Graue – 2018 interview.

Article in the popular EcoWoman German Magazine.

Mamma’s Laef featured in the Australian Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Mary Kalsrap, Mamma’s Laef – 70 Inspiring Pacific Women 2017.

Funding that has made an impact on schools and communities.

The profits from every purchase from The Goodnight Society are helping Mammas Laef.

Supporting Mamma’s Laef with reusable nappy expertise, tools and funding.

Our Blog

Talking Menstrual Health : Bislama version :

Launching the bislama version of menstrual health educatio
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Signing Off

Mamma’s Laef Vanuatu started in 2015. In 2018, as a result of the Frontier Innovators Award, we developed two entities…

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Reusable Menstrual Pad

Pacific Menstrual Health Trade Finance Vehicle.

PMHTFV (TFV) It all began in September 2018 when Mary & Jack and I attended a Pacific focussed Workshop in…

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