ntombi .

Removing menstruation as a barrier to work, life, and play

No blood will keep her behind

Anecdotal evidence shows that in South Africa

3 in 10

girls are absent from school every month because of their period.

This is a global issue.

Every year grassroots and global organizations like UNICEF bring up the topic of
Menstrual Health Management (MHM) and it's impact on young women in vulnerable communities; yet governments continue to turn a blind eye to the situation on the grounds of a lack of conclusive, quantitative data and substantial evidence as proof of these claims.

We know that each month women bleed.

Bleeding is uncomfortable, painful, and messy
Blood is a barrier
when you cannot absorb it.

ntombi . provides

controlled access solutions to free feminine hygiene products.
ntombi . dispensers are built to suit the technology of their environment.
From RFID to USSD code, you can scan your fingerprint or dial a please call me.
We adapt our dispensers to your needs; minimising features while maximising quality.

In fact

we have spent the last 2 years empowering women through access to free pads on Stellenbosch University campus. Growing from a student based initiative,we designed manual dispensers for women's bathrooms and residences which we stocked from organizing donations and pad drives, selling 50 dispensers on one campus.

And now we are ready for
a heavier flow

3rd Place Winners

We placed 3rd out of 66 pitches at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation National Jamboree 2018. You can see our 30 second pitch here:

Meet the team

The three students who have pioneered the vision and mission of this project.

A picture of Emer, one of our co-founders.

Emer Mae Butler


A candidate fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and a Springbok Girl Scout, Emer is in her final year of university, with a dual major in Computer Science and Linguistics, and her minor in Applied Mathematics. A visionary and pioneer, Emer handles all marketing and brand strategising of ntombi.
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A picture of Londi, one of our co-founders.

Londiwe Nodada


Identified as an emerging social entrepreneur, Londiwe is a candidate fellow of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. She is a Bachelor of Accounting graduate. Queen of numbers, Londiwe manages all financial and administrative aspects of ntombi. In her spare time, you can find her on the courts, pursuing her professional basketball career.
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A picture of Riaan, our engineer.

Riaan Van Niekerk


When not sailing along the Southern coast, Riaan can be found tinkering with electronics and woodworking in his room, alongside notes on linear algebra, analysis and calculus. Currently in his final year majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, he is the brains behind the tangible products of ntombi.

Contact us

Would you like to know more?
Looking to install our dispensers in your building?
Are you a manufacturer of tampons or pads?
Let's collaborate.
ntombi.org at gmail