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. A presentation video about EsVendo and the Social Inclusion Project can be found here.
EsVendo vending machines are manufactured by the company in Nairobi, Kenya.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Price per product
Power supply type
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.
Provided by the manufacturer
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
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), pp. 50-58.
Simjian, L.G., 1967, U.S. Patent No. 3,340,789, Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Compliance with regulations