Ari -Sanitary Pad Dispenser
A sanitary pad dispenser that tracks user pad dispensing.
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.
The product is currently distributed directly by the manufacturer. The manufacturer plans to partner with NGOs in the future. Interview with designer in 2020
650 USD (70,000 KSH) Interview with designer, Converted in June 2020
Female students aged 9-19 years. Interview with designer in 2020
The designer has not yet selected their manufacturing strategy.
The designers have not yet selected their IP strategy.Interview with designer in 2020
The machine is not being sold yet. Currently, the designers form partnerships with schools and offer the machine as a service.
None. The product is still in the development phase.
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.
Provided by the manufacturer.
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 targets include privacy, physical accessibility, and end-user independence.
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
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
Safety precautions include potential sharp edges and the potential the machine may detach from its wall.
The machine is powered by either solar or grid power. An NFC card is required by the end-user to use the machine.
J. G. Vaughn, A Review of Menstruation Hygiene Management among Schoolgirls in Sub-Saharan Africa, University of North Carolina, 2013.
M. Sommer, Where the education system and women’s bodies collide: The social and health impact of girls’ experiences of menstruation and schooling in Tanzania, J. Adolesc., vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 521–529, Aug. 2010, doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.03.008.
J. Kirk and M. Sommer, Menstruation and body awareness: linking girls’ health with girls’ education, 2006.
In the process of approval by the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The dispenser has gone through several rounds of end-user testing, including students and teachers.
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