02/16/2012 05:51 pm ET

Zimbabwe: When Sanitary Wear Becomes A Luxury

Sixteen-year-old Tinashe Magaya's parents struggle to feed their offspring and for things like sanitary pads and tampons are luxuries she can not dare ask for. She has devised a way of making her own sanitary pads using pieces of cloth during her menstruation.

"I tear my old clothes into small strips or use leftover material," said Tinashe, who lives with her family in the farming town of Chegutu, unaware of the danger she putting herself in.

"I don't have to use any money to buy anything. I roll the cloth into a pad then I insert it inside my genitals. I don't feel any pain. I can go the whole day like this without messing up myself.

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