Using block-chains and smart contracts for transfer of benefits in the menstrual hygiene eco-system

Menstrual hygiene is being given a lot of importance in the recent times by the Government of India because of the problems faced by rural women due to unsafe hygiene practices and limited access to products for sanitary hygiene. In this context, there is interest from potential funders such as corporate entities through their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds, as well as the Government, for providing subsidies on sanitary pads to rural adolescent women.

The DI Lab is working on a complete system for distribution of menstrual hygiene pads, the main component being an electronic wallet application that will allow for the various stake holders in the supply chain to transact using a special token called, “Packet of MH Pads”.

The electronic wallet application can be used to give assign virtual tokens or pads to targeted beneficiaries and physical pad transactions will be recorded through the electronic wallet application. This system will allow the funders and other stake-holders to keep track of the movement of the pads within the supply-chain, allowing for more transparency, accountability and efficiency within the system and helping to reduce leakages within the eco-system. The electronic wallet application uses block-chain technology at the back-end, which makes the system secure, tamper-proof and highly resistant to hacking.