Increase access & Affordability of pads in low income/marginalized areas
EsVendo increases access of pads through its network of vending machines & women groups to tackle pad distribution in Kenyan slum and rural
Alice, a vendor at a local market accesses pads from an EsVendo vending unit
A summary of our organization's development journey, current ambitions, future goals and testimonials from users.
What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?
Access of pads from girls and women in urban areas prone to conflict (Slums), rural and marginalized areas.
Affordability of pads by reducing the upfront cost of purchasing pads in Kenya
Increase access to education on sexual and reproductive health information
What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?
Applicability of the distribution model in a sparsely populated areas
Applicability of the solution among populations that are less liquid (Money wise) implementing distribution channel that isn't cash based
Explain Your Idea
We conducted a study that showed 80% of the respondents received their periods unexpectedly and 86.7% of the respondents a daily income of 1-5$. The study also showed that 90.7% of the respondents were comfortable purchasing one single pad at 10KES while 9.3% were comfortable purchasing a better brand/quality at 20KES. and 77.3% of the respondents reported to use 50-80KES every month to handle their menses. 100% of the respondents reacted positively to a machine that allowed them to purchase one pad and wanted additional sanitary items like diapers and condoms offered.
Our responds to the study was to offer more options of light flow and heavy flow pads and also provide popular & high quality pad brands in our machines which most of the girls and women appreciate.
Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).
1. Improved access to sanitary towels for women and girls in low resource setting and prone to conflict areas in Kenya resulting in reduced absenteeism to school due to menstrual issues and increased productivity at work.
2. Increased access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and menstrual hygiene for women and girls.
3. Improved health from abandoned use of unhealthy ways of managing menses in low resource settings resulting in reduced poverty and overall well being of the girls and women in Kenya.
How is your idea unique?
Our idea is unique because it is shaped by our end users (girls and women). Using the findings from our continuous studies, we design our solutions to best fit the girls and women and increase our offerings based on their feedback.
What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?
The vending machine distribution model works best in high populated setting. sparsely populated areas reach fewer girls and women hence reduced the number girls and women reached translating to products accessed.
Who are your end users?
65% of women and girls do not have access to healthy means of handling their menses (FSG, 2016 report) and so they result to crude and unhealthy means that end up affecting their health and quality of life. the initiative implemented in low income setting prone to conflict and institutions in camps and the country could reach over 1 million girls and women empowering them to affordably and with dignity handle their menses.
a young lady accessing pads in kibera
a trader accessing pads from an EsVendo unit in a market loo
Where will your idea be implemented?
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Community at risk of disaster
Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in
We intend to implement the solution in low income and marginalized communities (those at risk of conflict and disasters). Given that the solution best fits high population setting this will include camps, institutions in communities prone to conflict. The Solution is adoptable both to those who can afford to pay for the products and those who cannot by adopting a system where a code gives you access to the sanitary towels and monitors number of units used by every beneficiary.
What is your organization's name?
Tell us more about you.
EsVendo work with local governments, youth groups, women groups, individuals and institutions to provide our solution.
Our team has both the passion and experience in ensuring we reach our set objectives. Esther Mwangi, the founder has 5 years experience working with for profit and Ngo organizations in implementing a variety of solutions for the community. Anne Murugi, the operations lead has over 9 years experience work with MHM & other programs, Brenda Livoi, the engineering lead is well versed in designing local machinery solutions that best fit the market with 3 years experience. we also have many volunteers.
What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?
National - expansive reach within 1 country
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
Expertise in Sector
Yes, for more than a year.
What is your organizational status?
Registered for-profit company, including social enterprises.
What is the maturity of your innovation?
Existing Prototype or Pilot: Tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.