Over 3 million days are lost every month by adolescent girls because they lack access to affordable sanitary towels as a way of handling their menses. 1 of 10 adolescent girls living in remote areas miss school during their menses (UNESCO). There is also evidence that menstruation is tied to more fundamental issues of gender inequality. EsVendo, founded in 2016, has created an innovative distribution system that avail affordable sanitary towels to the underprivileged. Spearheading the distribution and enabling access to sanitary towels in Kenyan slums using innovative technology to lower cost of hygiene items and delivers them in safe places from Stigma. This is achieved through the strategic placement of sanitary vending machines in East Africa.
The long-term goal of EsVendo is to improve the accessibility and affordability of sanitary pads for women in Kenya. If the objectives of EsVendo can be implemented successfully, a huge milestone in terms of gender equality, consistent education for girls and sanitary support would be achieved.