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Riley partners with Homeless Period Ireland to fight period poverty

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Eco-friendly period product company Riley has partnered up with Homeless Period Ireland, whose mission is to end period poverty on the island.

Riley, an eco-friendly period product subscription service, whose crowdfunding campaign we have previously featured, have just announced a new partnership with Homeless Period Ireland, a volunteer-led initiative. The aim of Homeless Period Ireland is to end period poverty in Ireland by donating feminine hygiene products to those who otherwise would go without. The donations are brought by volunteer drivers to Homeless Outreach Centres, Direct Provision Centres and Women’s Refuges.

riley imageSince launching last year, the all female-founded team at Riley have been committed to fighting period poverty. €1 from every sale has been donated to their charity partners, Irish registered Development Pamoja. The donations are used to provide free sanitary products to young girls in Kenya as well as educate students about menstrual health.

Fiona Parfrey, Riley co-founder has commented: “I’ve witnessed first hand the incredible work of Development Pamoja in Kenya and we’re pleased to have already helped almost 1,500 young girls to date. With the recent growth of Riley, we’re now delighted to help closer to home too. Period poverty is not just limited to developing countries and, although it’s difficult to quantify, it is unfortunately more widespread in Ireland than people realise. We are in awe of the work Homeless Period Ireland does and we couldn’t think of better partners on the ground here at home.”

As a business Riley’s mission is not only to deliver period products that are better for the body and the planet, but also to destigmatise a normal bodily function and open up the conversation around female health.

Homeless Period Ireland's initiative believes that tampons and towels should be made available through homeless shelters, the same way the government provides condoms.

Claire Hunt, Homeless Period Ireland commented:"I am delighted to partner with Irish company We Are Riley, where sustainability is the core principle of everything they do. This partnership provides a unique opportunity for Homeless Period Ireland to provide environmentally friendly products within our communities to those most in need.”



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Published on: 1st March 2022

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