SuSanA - Forum Kunena Site Syndication Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:38:16 +0000 Kunena 1.6 SuSanA - Forum en-gb Re: Partners wanted for Ghana - by: solidrock4
1. We are currently using biodigesters and hope to maintain

also remember that the cost includes workmanship]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:47:47 +0000
Re: Partners wanted for Ghana - by: denniskl
And it works out to a little over 1,000 sterling each toilet correct?]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:30:37 +0000
Re: Partners wanted for Ghana - by: solidrock4 We are targeting at lest 450 people using the facility every day meaning that at least 22 people would use one toilet seat.

revenues from the daily usage would amount to
daily 20GP *450 --------90GHC
Weekly 90 * 7 days -------630GHC
Monthly 630* 4 weeks ------- 2520 GHC
yearly 2520 *12 Months-------30240 GHC

30240 GHC -------- 6066.7 Pound sterling

25000 pounds goes into building the toilet facility with 20 seats
15000 goes into community sanitation education activities for one year
10000 goes into developing organisational capacity.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:07:56 +0000
Re: Partners wanted for Ghana - by: denniskl
Can you advise what type of toilets the Tbanks are?

I see they will require no waste removal; also i need to read more closely but is the 50k sterling the cost of the additional Tbanks and other work?

Perhaps you could provide a little more detail on the numbers (costs and revenues) and the business model?]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:52:14 +0000
Re: Partners wanted for Ghana - by: solidrock4
Thank you

Solid Rock Association is seeking partnership to help solve the current toilet system in the LEKMA community which collects waste into septic tanks, and are occasionally pumped out and the waste is discarded off-site. Most of the waste is brought to illegal dumping sites to be discarded, usually into the ocean, leading to further risk of contamination of the water.

Currently, the Solid Rock Association has installed two toilet banks at a space provided and in collaboration with the LEKMA Metropolitan Assembly newly in operation. But due to popular demand, and the magnitude of the sanitation issue in the communities; more Tbanks are needed to be installed. Hence, the Funds will be used to install 20 more toilet systems of which will be used by all.

Also part of the money will be used to fence, floor & wall tile the facility in terms of partly ensuring security and protection. These toilet units do not use a septic tank and requires
The established banks do not only reduce operating costs by eliminating fees paid to pump-truck operators, it is also environmentally friendly and highly sanitary. If used correctly, the system requires little maintenance at all.

This space is used as a temporary lorry park and has no public toilet facility. Installation and commencement of usage by community is expected within a month. It is worthwhile to mention that the main target group for this project are the local community women, drivers and passengers, children, squatters, poverty stricken and the deprived.

Goal: This concept proposes to install four (20) toilet banks at a community space behind LEKMA Hospital which will say no to defecation around in the LEKMA community.
(b) Objectives to achieve goal:
• To increase sanitation whose absence has plagued a lot of children into poor health conditions
• The project could serve to prevent open defecation in the community
• To reduce the rampant incidence of disease locally known as white contracted among women from the latrine toilet currently in existence through information dissemination

Explanation on sustainability of the project

The purpose of the sanitation project for partnership, is to use income generated from investment to setup a small micro-finance fund for local community women to benefit. This is the project’s sustainability plan over time. Very moderate fees will be charged from users of the toilet facility.

As far as this project is concern, 450 people are expected to benefit on a daily basis. The Ledzokuku Krowor Municipality has committed itself to a partnership with the community has offered the lands needed for the project as a collaborator. As already mentioned, these 450 users will pay 600 GHC per week to use the system. Using this method and assuming minimized profit margin, a micro-finance grant will be setup out of this profit, for local women to benefit as already mentioned. Here sustainability of the project, environmental sanitation management and supporting women can be called justified.

50,000 Pounds sterling]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 13:35:16 +0000
Re: Partners wanted for Ghana - by: denniskl
Do you have a partnering or engagement brief you can share? Is it a provider fo full solutions or technology / systems (ie toilet types) or consulktant expertise or any of these things?

Brief should include things like:

  • Locations
  • Total Population in need
  • Number of communities
  • Objectives of programme
  • Current status
  • and more

I previously prepared a questionnaire on sanitation for another project

(see the Susana posting here

and the questionnaire here in case it helps

It's for a specific community, and your need may be country wide, but at the end of the day, each community will have different needs so this exercise is useful

Kobina, please advise where and how you need help, many Susana community members would love to be involved I know]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:07:24 +0000
Partners wanted for Ghana - by: solidrock4
We will be happy in partnering any international organisation working in sanitation for the poor.


Kobina Arkaah]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 28 Jan 2015 13:22:59 +0000
Re: Looking for partnership and technical advisors (in the DR Congo) - by: denniskl
You have some challenges there I can see!

Can you advise a little more detail on your comment

"Despite efforts of international NGO and local government to improve WASH and waste management the sustainability of the sanitation remain poor in Agago ditrict."

What exactly were those efforts, who was involved, how did they go about their involvement with the community and why do you think they failed?

I would like to understand where things go wrong, so I don't need to replicate basic mistakes:)]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:06:34 +0000
Reply: Looking for partnership and technical advisors (in the DR Congo) - by: WMCollins
Woody M. Collins President Congo Helping Hands "Safe Water for the Other Half" +1-317-698-7643 +243-812813597]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:30:13 +0000
Looking for partnership and technical advisors (in the DR Congo) - by: Myango1
The current population in pilot areas(Agago district) projected from the 2002 census is 299,700 people. Over 90% of the population is engaged in subsistence farming with millet, sorghum, maize, cassava and sweet potatoes being the main staple foods; while cotton, rice and sunflower are the main cash crops. The communities also engaged in animal husbandry and rear a variety of livestock including cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

According to Assessment of physical and bacteriological quality of water from water sources and household in Agago District conducted in 2012 ,the Bore holes were the commonest sources of water for drinking and domestic use(Myango,2012)
In addition, All (100%) of the water storage containers were dirty and 97.6% of the households had no separate cup for drawing water from the storage container.
Overall 3.5% (3/85) of the water sources had faecal coliforms and few, 8.3% of the households had drinking water with faecal coliforms CFU/50 ml(Myango,2012)

Agago district has a total of 123 primary schools, among them 111 primary government primary school plus 12 private primary school with 65,151 pupils’ enrolled in the District in 2010/2011among them 34,237 are male and 30,914 female. 70% he primary schools use traditional pit latrines; the pupil latrine stance ratio still low with 78:1 and only 24.2 % of the primary schools use hand washing facilities with water and soap .In addition 60% of pupils use open shoes,30% bear footed and 95% lack anal cleansing materials (Myango,2012).

Despite efforts of international NGO and local government to improve WASH and waste management the sustainability of the sanitation remain poor in Agago ditrict.

General objective of Pleasant service company is to Enhance capacity of pupils, teacher and community to maintain and use clean and safe available sanitation facilities in pilot project areas.

The specific objectives:

1.Train and educate pupils, teachers and community on sanitation and waste management
2.Provision and installation of easy and suitable materials for sanitation and waste management(using market based approach)
3.Participate in monitoring the maintenance of sanitation facilities in primary school and community
4.Participate in segregation, collection and disposal of liquid and solid waste in primary school and community.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:28:36 +0000
Partner request for school sanitation in Kenya - by: simasikulu
we are looking for a projekt partner in Kenya. Our project aims at providing clean portable water and upgrading rural sanitation systems for better health in Mwitha and Machewa in Saboti region. Below our project information are attached. Please contact us in case you are interested in cooperaing with us. We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,

Johnstone Sikulu Wanjala
Programme Coordinator
Sima Community Based Organization
PO BOX 1691, Kitalen 30200 Kenya
Phone +254735754816]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:26:19 +0000
Re: Introducing Ecosec, new company from Montpellier - by: ben
Thanks for your support, I'm totally with you on the inward focus we should have as well. How many of us consultants have had great time in exotics tropical countries with an expat livestyle when in our home doorsteps gipsy camps or native reservations have similarely bad sanitation conditions. How many of us are preaching dry toilets and don't have one at home ?
I learned a lot from the sanitation marketing programs abroad and the energy put by inspired people into closing the sanitation cycle. It's very funny when you say to someone here in Europe "This is from programs in Haiti, ghana or south africa that we learned about safe excreta re-use without a sewerweb". Our project is directly inspired from san-mark programs I discovered on this forum, with just a westener adaptation on the cabin.
In "sustainable", there would be a lot to say about the turnover of sanitation expats coming just for a short amount of time, and then leaving for more adventures. Being home gives you I believe a certain stability on your engagement as well as realising how the cultural understanding is key for the program to be a success. No generalisation is made here, but in sanitation programs there's still probably not enough control hand-over to people who've been living there all their life and will stay there even after the end of the program.

And by the way, bicycle isn't only a ecological wish. In center town you go probably twice faster than a car and by avoiding a truck investment, it allows us to be competitive even with cabins 100 % built in France !


Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:20:15 +0000
Re: Introducing Ecosec, new company from Montpellier - by: KaiMikkel

p.s. I am particularly enamored with the inclusion of a bicycle(s) in your proposal.]]>
Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:51:08 +0000
Re: Sanitation community in Brazil - by: marcosateixeira
Sorry that took me a long time to find the time to write back.

I kind of agree with Mr. Canaday, I came to know SuSaNa when I was working with GIZ (at the time was GTZ), but I also think that the rural sanitation, that is the area my students came to my for guidance and tutoring, is not a hot issue in Brazil; as well as we kind of hold to the idea that in Brazil, what works are big Sewage Treatment Stations, that could be runned by private companies (concessão).

I also think that more material in Portuguese would be a plus, in academic environment, we manage to grasp the English, but the general audience does not, so for the medium level / technical workers, Portuguese would be a plus.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you think I could be of some help.

Looking forward to hear from you:


Marcos A. Teixeira
UFF - Federal Fluminense University
Dep. of Agr. Eng. and the Env.
Rua Passo da Pátria 156,
CEP 24.210-240,
Niterói-RJ, Brazil
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Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:04:56 +0000
Introducing Ecosec, new company from Montpellier - by: ben Description of project:

Based in Montpellier (south of France) the Ecosec project plan to introduce for the first time in France High Standard UDDT toilets in center town. Created as a cooperative company with my childhood friend, the goal is to push to the maximum the local and ecological aspects through 100% local construction in natural french flax fiber, maintenance and cleaning several time a day by bicycle, re-use of compost in flower parks of the city, raising awareness to the population to the imperious need to save water in our region (the driest of France).

The cabin is made out of composite material and is full of automatisms, we tried to exceed the sensation of “modernism” that you can get in usual JC DECAUX automatic Public toilets in France. Forced ventilation, slab hiding the feces connected with a sensor which open it when you start sitting (so when you enter you don't see the previous use), ventilation from the inside toward the “technical wall” for extraction even for urinals, double waterless urinal outside to answer big affluence, etc ... are some of the technical innovations of the cabin.

The urine will be either thrown in the sewerweb or treated with a small reed bed if there is soil around. We’ll try later to re-use it in peri-urban agriculture. Feces, until we can make our own compost treatment, will be composted on the side of the sludge compost heaps at the main treatment plant of the city, just to reassure the authorities at the beginning.

Origin of the project:

After a few years in international organizations, either multinationals or NGOs, working on sanitation marketing as a consultant I felt I wasn’t so pertinent for several reasons.

I’ve got gradually fed up with the global development world, I met a great amount of inspired people and I’m sure most people in this forum dedicate their life to the cause. However, after years being witness of corruption, reading on WB and IMF disasters in Africa, building proposals and adapting my strategies to the funders rather than for what was right I felt the overall system was sick, and I wanted to apply what I worked on the past few years : development through small private sector.

If I come back to the developing world now, I’d love it to be in a peer to peer relationship, between entrepreneur to entrepreneur who both know what it is to put your family at risk with a loan, who both know what it is to work in a workshop 12h a day, who both know what it is to clean a toilets everyday and build a compost heap. We may have a lot of difference but at least we’ll both know what it’s like to run a family business.

Where we are now :

We presented our prototype in a fair last week (photos) and got a very nice article in the regional news, users were very pleased to use them and have been nicely surprised with our design, especially the Flax fiber aspect. The mayor visited it and asked us to put our prototype in use for 2 months before further discussion. The stat of the trial will probably be November. We’ve got good hope to finally get a contract as there is not a single public toilet in this 300 000 hab. city, right in the touristic south ring of france.

I’ll keep you updated on how works the prototype once we put it in use. A video is planned soon too.

Primary contact at lead organization: Benjamin CLOUET, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Location: Montpellier (South of France)


To create our own job back home, independence being a great form of liberty, to raise awareness in the area that water is scarce, to keep developing high standard and researched designs in order to change the perception of dry toilets.

Technically, my dream would be to install the VUNA project reactor + distillatory inside the cabin so we could distillate onsite. The pure water would be used to clean your hands and 100 % of the wastes would be re-used in peri-urban agriculture.


1. Build a viable prototype so we can show it’s more a question of appearance and aspiration than a question of Dry Vs Wet system.
2. Build a viable business and a replicable model that can spread in other cities
3. Not have a boss, and work in a cooperative company (on the principle one person one vote)
4. Not be dependant of subsidies or funders
4. Always Keep developing new designs, reaching new markets (campings, stadiums, schools, homes, etc …)

Website :
Sorry it's only in French for the moment, as is our flyer. But translation is coming soon.

Pour les francophones :

Description du projet :

Basé à Montpellier, ECOSEC a pour ambition d’introduire, pour la première fois en France, un réseau de toilettes sèches publiques haut de gamme en centre-ville avec un service de nettoyage en vélo associé plusieurs fois par jour. Par le biais de ce produit très symbolique, ECOSEC sensibilisera les usagers sur les économies d’eau, les cycles courts et le recyclage. Design architectural audacieux, maintenance et nettoyages réalisées en vélo, réutilisation du compost produit dans les espaces verts de la ville, construction en matériaux naturels, autant de thèmes qui ancrent le projet dans une démarche locale et écologique. Afin de rendre encore plus cohérente notre activité sur le territoire, notre structure est coopérative et compte embaucher des personnes en insertion professionnelle.

Techniquement, nous séparons les urines des fèces (Joseph ne serait pas content !). Pour les urines, l'idée est de soit les évacuer dans le réseau d'égout, soit de les traiter sur place avec une micro phyto-épuration (3 m² probablement, solution sûrement appliquée pour le proto que nous allons mettre en test prochainement), soit par la suite de les réutiliser dans l'agriculture péri-urbaine. Nous avons placé une ventilation forcée qui aspire l'air de l’intérieur vers la paroi technique. Nous nous sommes basé sur les standards, plutôt acceptés, des cabines JC DEACUX et avons placé des automatismes de tous les cotés, notamment une trappe sur le trou qui s'ouvre seulement avec la détection des fesses à 10cm d la cuvette, ceci pour deux raison. La première est de dissuader les hommes d'uriner dedans (il y a un urinoir ds la cabine intérieur) et la deuxième est d’empêcher la vision de l'utilisation précédente avant de s'asseoir.

Où nous en sommes

Mon associé Bernard CAILLE et moi même Benjamin CLOUET, avons présenté notre prototype dimanche dernier lors d'une grande foire aux associations au centre de Montpellier. Nous avons eu de très bon retours sur le design global, l'ergonomie de la cabine et le concept en lui même. Gratifié d'une visite de notre cabine par le maire, nous avons réussi à accrocher deux élus de la ville pour faire un test prochainement en situation réelle, probablement au Zoo ou au Domaine d'Ô. Il n'y a à l'heure actuelle quasiment aucune toilettes publiques au centre ville de Montpellier.

Personnelement, après plusieurs années passées comme consultant sur des programmes assainissement internationaux, j'ai senti un manque de pertinence dans mes actions pour plusieurs raisons. Je souhaite ces prochaines années développer de sprogramme de sani-marché avec une relation d'entrepreneur à entrepreneur. Je pense, après avoir monté une entreprise de collecte et gestion de matières fécales, bien mieux maitriser les contraintes financières, de production, de compostage et de relations publiques que peuvent rencontrer les petits entrepreneur que nous accompagnons habituellement.

Objectifs :

- Finir le développement d'un prototype viable qui montre que la question d'apparence et de confort n'est pas lié au type de toilette sec ou humide
- Developper un concept réplicale dans d'autres villes du nord et du sud
- Ne pas avoir de patron, embrasser au maximum les principes d'une coopérative
- Trouver un modèle de développement sans subventions

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Persons or companies offering their skills or products (and introductions) Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:58:20 +0000