Updated on February 21, 2024


Created on July 30, 2017

EsVendo Sanitary Vending Machine

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EsVendo is a vending machine for sanitary napkins and other sanitary products.

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  • Esther Mwangi, EsVendo
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Product Description

The EsVendo Sanitary Vending Machine is a vending machine that offers sanitary pads and other sanitary products. By selling sanitary pads through a vending machine the social enterprise EsVendo hopes to increase access to the 65% of Kenyan women that do not have access to sanitary pads and reduce the amount of school days girls are unable to attend due to lack of access to sanitary pads. The SIP sanitary vending machine allows customers to buy pads by coins but there is also a version distributed in hospitals where the customer can use their mobile phone for purchase.

In Kenya competition is mainly from sales from local retail shops. There are several other sanitary vending machines on the global market, especially in India.

Target SDGs

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)


Distributors / Implementing Organizations

EsVendo produces and has distributed vending machines. They also sell the vending machines to local entrepreneurs.

Manufacturing/Building Method

EsVendo vending machines are manufactured by the company in Nairobi, Kenya.

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

The vending machine is made and sold by EsVendo. In the EsVendo's Social Inclusion Project (SIP) vending machines are placed in low-income areas so that end-users can get access to the service the machine provides.

Distributions to Date Status

EsVendo has placed sanitary vending machines in Kibera, Kwangware, and Kikuyu. It is estimated that the machines improve access for about 400-10,000 people in each of these locations.

Products dispensed

Sanitary pads

Price per product


Storage capacity

80 items

Power supply type


Design Specifications

EsVendo vending machine initiated the Social Inclusion Project (SIP) sanitary vending machine which is completely manual and does not require electricity. It can hold up to 80 items and can vend four different categories of products. The customer inserts a coin in the vending machine and a single pad is dispensed.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Provided by the manufacturer

Replacement Components

The vending machine is completely manual and does not include any replaceable components other than refilling new sanitary pads.


EsVendo offers a 1-year warranty when selling the vending machine.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

To increase access to sanitary pads and lower their cost for girls and women in low income areas. Reduce the amount of school days girls miss due to lack of sanitary pads.

Vetted Performance Status



There are no health risks related to usage of the product. Vending machines are placed in safe areas around Kibera so that the product is more accessible for women.

Complementary Technical Systems

A coin or mobile SMS is required to get a sanitary pad.

Academic Research and References

Crofts, T. and Fisher, J., 2012, Menstrual hygiene in Ugandan schools: an investigation of low-cost sanitary pads, Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 2(1): 50-58.

Simjian, L.G., 1967, U.S. Patent No. 3,340,789, Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Esther, 2017, EsVendo Sanitary Vending Machine project, Medium.

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods

Accessibility through field evaluations

Other Information

The EsVendo Social Inclusion Project was one of the finalists in the ASME iSHOW in Kenya in 2017. EsVendo can be found on Facebook and Twitter. A presentation video about EsVendo and the Social Inclusion Project can be found here.

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