My Pad Bank is an initiative of TIIx to equip schools, colleges, organisations and public places with sanitary pad vending machines. Our team has designed India’s cheapest and low-cost machine to bridge the challenge of accessibility and affordability of sanitary pads.
Due to the on-going situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, the program is running on a pilot across six districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar namely Lucknow, Barabanki, Gorakhpur, Renukoot, Darbhanga and Arrah.
A report by the NGO Dasra titled Spot On! found that nearly 23 million girls drop out of school annually due to lack of proper menstrual hygiene management facilities, which include availability of sanitary napkins and logical awareness of menstruation. My Pad Bank is trying to bridge that gap by initiating a new practice and making available menstrual products in the schools. The program is being delivered in partnership with its sister project, Project Red which aims to dismantle social oppressive practices and stereotypes against menstruation through advocacy, dialogues and organizing round table discussions in schools.
Looking at a broader perspective, women and girls in India have absolute difficulty in finding sanitary pads at public places, government institutions, most private organizations and shopping malls, also because of the fact that menstrual products are not considered as essential products. The project will bridge this difficulty and will increase the access to menstrual essentials at every place possible in India.
Government and private educational institutions; offices and shopping malls
For partnership contact: 8960070001