Updated on February 21, 2024


Created on October 1, 2020

Ari -Sanitary Pad Dispenser

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A sanitary pad dispenser that tracks user pad dispensing.

Developed By
  1. Inteco
Tested By
  • Inteco
Content Partners


Product Description

The Ari- Sanitary pad dispenser is a self-service pad dispenser installed in schools. Girls are issued a unique ID-card which is used to access the machines. The Ari team also teaches the importance of menstrual hygiene management.

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Public Sector Agencies, NGOs

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

The product is currently distributed directly by the manufacturer. The manufacturer plans to partner with NGOs in the future. Interview with designer in 2020

Manufacturing/Building Method

The designer has not yet selected their manufacturing strategy.

Intellectural Property Type

Select Type

User Provision Model

The machine is not being sold yet. Currently, the designers form partnerships with schools and offer the machine as a service.

Distributions to Date Status

None. The product is still in the development phase.

Absorbency types


Absorbent base materials


Usability Features

Sanitary pad dispensing machine that is compatible with different commercial sanitary pads.

Design Specifications

The product is a wall-mounted sanitary pad dispenser. The machine has an 82-pad capacity and can accept most commercial pads sold in Kenya. The end-user withdraws pads by tapping a near-field communication (NFC) card on a card reader, where the machine dispenses one pad per tap. Each NFC card has a unique user-ID associated with it, which allows product tracing. This tracing data is shared with the partner schools, which allows them to better track the usage of sanitary pads. The machine dimensions are approximately 400 x 700 x 200 mm.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer.

Replacement Components

Replacement components include NFC cards.


The machine has an 82-pad capacity and requires manual filling once empty. The life time of the machine is expected to be between 5-10 years.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Manufacturer specified performance targets include privacy, physical accessibility, and end-user independence.

Vetted Performance Status

Machine testing was done by the manufacturer. Specific testing parameters included: compatibility with different market-available pads, machine refilling, dispensing mechanisms, end-user interaction and experience, and battery efficiencies. No third party testing has been completed. Interview with designer in 2020


Safety precautions include potential sharp edges and the potential the machine may detach from its wall.

Complementary Technical Systems

The machine is powered by either solar or grid power. An NFC card is required by the end-user to use the machine.

Academic Research and References

Compliance with regulations

In the process of approval by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.

Evaluation methods

The dispenser has gone through several rounds of end-user testing, including students and teachers.

Other Information

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