Approximately 3 million school days are lost each month due to lack of sanitary towels. Esther Mwangi started Esvendo- a social enterprise that aims to increase access to sanitary towels through vending machines that girls can use to purchase sanitary towels, promptly tackling this demise.
During the pilot phase, Esvendo used three kiosk outlets in Kibera and was able to serve 500 users. By introducing custom made vending machines and working with the safe spaces, they expect to reach at least 18,000 girls over one year and sell over 5000 vending machines in two years.
The Esvendo machine provides sanitary towels to girls at a low price. With a ten shilling coin, any girl can purchase a sanitary towel.
Esther has already placed an Esvendo machine at Binti Pamoja in Kibera, a community center for young girls. She aims to install another at Darajani near Kibera Girls Soccer Academy and more of them over time.
In addition, this project will also provide health education and economic empowerment workshops for both women and girls in the informal settlements.
Esvendo is targeting rural and urban settlement areas that don’t have access to shopping centers, hospitals and schools.Esther aims to promote accessibility of sanitary towels without limitation.