Increasing accessibility with vending machines!

dddSukhibhava is working on introducing vending machines in the institutions it works with, to increase the accessibility and outreach.

By introducing these automatic vending machines, we aspire to make the purchase of sanitary pads as easy as buying groceries or toffees in the local store.A pilot will be run in one to three institutions and based on the results the project will be further executed.

The changes in this aspect of sanitary pad distribution is becoming better and better. The developers are looking forward to a more convenient way of providing affordable sanitary pads . The concept of a smart vending machine is one of the things that we look forward to..The future of vending machine project is indeed very exciting and it gives women more convenient purchasing experience.

Looking for a woman Co-founder!

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I, Dilip Kumar founded Sukhibhava with the mission of improving lives of urban poor women through projects like “Better menstrual health”. We educate women in low income groups of Bangalore about menstrual health and provide affordable menstrual hygiene products.

The company is at a very early start-up stage, and I’m looking for a co-founding partner to build the company’s strategy & vision, product and delivery.

Ideal skills, experience & attitude for co-founding partner:

  • Preferably a Female candidate
  • Interest in the role of women / Gender equality/ Social entrepreneurship.
  • Expertise and professional track record in at least one and preferably two of the following areas: Design/Tech/Finance/Marketing.
  • Entrepreneurial attitude: ‘smart’ thinking, drive, inspiration, good communicator, can-do approach
  • Professional network / market understanding relevant to this enterprise
  • Business management or previous start-up experience (ideal but not essential)
  • Fluent in Kannada and may be one other local language.

Salary and Stake offers are based on the amount of value addition they bring to the company.

Please do get in touch for a chat if you have a potential interest: dilipkumarp09@gmail.com

Upcoming Projects

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Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike – the Bangalore council has given its consent to conduct awareness campaigns in all the 69 healthcare centers in Bangalore. Since most of the women who visit these healthcare centers are from communities Sukhibhava wants to work, we consider this as a great start to reach out to the hundreds of thousands of women without proper menstrual hygiene in Bangalore. A distribution model will be custom built after every awareness session in each healthcare center.

So far awareness sessions have been conducted to 158 healthcare assistants working in the 69 healthcare centers in Bangalore. Sukhibhava will start reaching out to the women in the communities in July,2014.

 

Stree Shakthi IMG-20140611-WA0006 (1)Self Help Groups are formed at the village/suburb level to inculcate the savings habit in the members empowering the women economically. About 15 to 20 women members who are from below poverty line families, landless  agricultural labourers, SC/ST women join together. At present there are 1.40lakhs groups functioning in the state approximately 21 lakhs women members are organized.

Sukhibhava is conducting a pilot test with 12 Stree Shakthi Self Help Groups. We aspire to reach out to the 1.4 lakh groups eventually in the next five years.