What is Pankh?

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines for Girls in Schools and Colleges.
Managed by: Rotaract District Organisation RID 3012
Objectives of the project:

To inculcate the habit of using sanitary napkins along with educating girls in Schools and colleges on the aspects and importance of personal hygiene.

Why Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine is needed:

As per study in India only 12% of women uses Sanitary Napkins and percentage is much lower in Rural Areas. It is observed that 20 percent of girls did not use toilet in school during menstruation for fear of staining it, and more than two out of five girls had no idea about menstruation when they started with their periods. Of those who had some idea, only 16 percent received any information in school.

There is a potential loss on economic and social front to India as a result of girls dropping out of school due to menstrual health issues and thus getting into early marriages and early pregnancies. More girls in schools means universal primary education and increased gender parity while contributing to eradication of poverty. Educated mothers also contribute to improved maternal health and reduction in child mortality. Hence, educating and creating awareness for the use of Sanitary Napkins and providing easy access to Sanitary Napkins using Vending Machine is of prime need.

What is Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine:

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine is a Self-Service Vending Machine used for dispensing Sanitary Napkins against acceptance of Coins. Proposed Vending Machine has loading capacity of 35 napkins with display for showing Napkin Stock availability. Its Mechanical coin acceptor, single value coin acceptor Rs 5 Coin and no need for electricity. Estimated Cost of Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine is INR 6,500/-, which includes Annual Maintenance Charges for 2 years.


Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine is very easy to install. It will be wall mounted and is proposed to be installed at Schools and Colleges in Delhi/NCR.

Who will benefit:

Every single unit of Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine will directly benefit between 10 to 200 users per day based on the type and capacity, not to count the indirect benefits to environment and society. It will also result in improved attendance of girls in schools and Less Drop-outs.