Before fundraising could begin Femlead needed to address the negative impact the sugar cane industry had made on the region. Land had to be acquired to replant the staple banana foodstuff that had been rejected in favour of sugar cane. Banana suckers needed to be bought in to replace what had been lost. Although the variety used for food is not quite as suitable for pulp fluff-filling for sanitary pads, Femlead decided to start with a mixed crop so that the farmers could harvest bananas for food as well as for cash crops. The waste products, the stem fibre needed for the manufacture of the absorbent filling for the sanitary pads, would be used by the Femlead production unit.
It is this stage of the project that Femlead is working on now.