Everest Luck , Thanks for taking a look at our concept! We provide the vending machines as a simple way for women and girls to have consistent access to sanitary pads without having to interact with another person to purchase them. There's also the benefit that they are a low-effort way for the women’s groups to sell their products, which gives them more time to focus on product production. During our pilot project, the demand for the pads through the vending machines outstripped the supply! We're still thinking of the best way to evaluate the experiences of the girls and women who use the vending machines.
Thanks for the questions, and for tagging some of the members of the OpenIDEA community around our remaining questions.
We have now added some photos of the vending machines (both inside and out) to our proposal--feel free to check them out!
The pad production units will be alerted when the supplies are low through two main channels: 1) the vending machines are located in businesses and the business owners have a relationship with the women in our units. If they notice that the pads are running low, they will alert the women in the group that it is time for a restock. 2) The women are responsible for making rounds in their community to check in with the vendors selling their products, conduct sensitization sessions, and attract new vendors and customers. As part of their rounds, they will check in on the vending machines to make sure that they are functioning properly, and that they have sufficient stock.