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Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses - Sanitation as a Business, SAAB (Water for People, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, India, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador) 26 Mar 2012 11:37 #2897

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Sanitation as a Business (SAAB) is intended to explore different methodologies for catalyzing and facilitating sanitation businesses targeting low-income markets of developing countries. Operationally, SAAB will be implemented through local Business Development Service (BDS) providers. These BDS will be the primary actors and program implementers, serving as the main point of contact and support to sanitation entrepreneurs. The main rationale for choosing to partner directly with BDS is to involve the private sector more directly in sanitation business support and ultimately create more sustainable sanitation solutions that can last without external grant support. How does this BDS approach work? BDS providers advertise for local entrepreneurs interested in working in the sanitation sector and request them to submit proposals on their intended sanitation business and areas of operation. Applications are accepted from all categories of entrepreneurs – small, medium and large scale entrepreneurs to work in the sanitation sector. At the very least, entrepreneurs must demonstrate basic business acumen and commitment to working in the sanitation sector. Once selected, entrepreneurs will receive capacity building from the BDS, who will work closely with them in the business planning and implementation process. Entrepreneurs under SAAB are real businesses and not case studies.

So far, this approach has been employed in three countries – Rwanda, Malawi and Uganda, with each country having a BDS provider responsible for working with the entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs are currently at a point where they are working with the BDS to finalize their business plans and get working! The main businesses being focused on at the moment are pit latrine construction and pit latrine emptying. Please share your thoughts on what you think of the initiative.
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Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 14 Feb 2013 15:25 #3487

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Dear Sherina

Thank you for this short introduction.
Your post lies over 1 year back – can you give us more background information and an update on this initiative?

Best regards,

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Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 20 Feb 2013 08:54 #3528

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Dear Dorothee,

Thanks so much for your comments. Please see below a bit more background information and an update on our activities.

Short description of the project
With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Water For People is implementing Sanitation as a Business (SAAB), a market‐based approach to sanitation intended to explore different methodologies for catalyzing and facilitating sanitation businesses in developing countries. It is a 4-year project ending July 2014 under which Water For People is working through Business Development Service (BDS) firms. BDS are for‐profit, private sector firms, who serve as the primary program implementers and are the main point of contact for sanitation entrepreneurs receiving support in business planning and expansion. SAAB is currently being implemented in seven different countries: Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda in Africa; Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador in South America; and Bihar and West Bengal in India. Currently, Water For People is working with these BDS partners:
Uganda – Captiva Communications
Malawi – Tools for Enterprise and Education Consultants (TEECS)
Rwanda – Boundless Consultancy Group
India – BASIX
Bolivia - IMG

Goal and objectives:
The overriding goal under SAAB is developing a methodology for supporting sanitation businesses that, if successful, could provide an alternative to conventional sanitation approaches and lead to the significant expansion of sanitation services to poor people by the local private sector. The BDS firms are responsibe for identifying profitable business models for sustainable sanitation service delivery that benefit the poor (drawn on market research and through testing in different contexts in several countries). They then recruit entrepreneurs under these business models and will be responsible for providing ongoing business support to these entrepreneurs to strengthen the managerial and technical capacity of sanitation businesses.

Grant size: $5,659,264 according to www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quic...nts/2010/07/OPP53246

Progress to date and main findings:

Business models:
Depending on the specific country situation, BDS providers are using different business models to implement the SAAB program. The business models that have been identified are:
• Pit latrine construction
• Pit latrine emptying using a tanker
• Pit latrine emptying using a manual emptying device referred to as a Gulper

Africa:
By January 2013, there were 24 entrepreneurs supported under the SAAB program in Africa - 8 in Malawi, 11 in Uganda and 5 in Rwanda. The entrepreneurs in Malawi ( 8 ) and Uganda (4) that are currently operational are mainly under the Gulper pit latrine emptying model, which requires much smaller start-up costs in comparison to pit latrine emptying using a tanker and pit latrine construction.
Main challenge:
For the sanitation businesses that require bank financing, acquisition of loans from the banks has been a very slow process and this has stalled commencement of operations by a number of the entrepreneurs supported under SAAB.

India:
BASIX, the BDS in India is focusing on a strategy to sell better quality toilets to customers in Sheohar. BASIX has developed a product catalogue of different toilet options and employed their own sales team to market these products to potential customers in an effort to promote quality toilet options and at the same time find opportunities for sanitation businesses. BASIX is also working with a sanitation entrepreneur to sell cement rings for leach pit toilets. Under this arrangement, they have been able to link entrepreneurs to customers that prefer this toilet option. To date, BASIX has sold 30 toilets through market approach without any government subsidy and assisted 40 households with toilet construction and they are slowly gaining credibility in the community.

South America:
South America has completed sanitation market assessments in Peru and Bolivia and is currently in the process of finalizing their strategy under SAAB and recruiting sanitation entrepreneurs to work with under the market-based model. More updates of this will be provided as the strategy develops.


Find enclosed some further readings. Or see here for more documents about our project in the SuSanA library:
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Looking forward to receiving your feedback,


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Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 22 Feb 2013 14:42 #3550

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Dear Sherina

Thank you for this detailed summary.

Would you mind to shortly introduce yourself to those of the community who don't know you and your organization yet? What is your role in this project?

I then have few more specific questions on SAAB:
- Where are the opportunities and where the limitations of supporting the private sector as the main driver in the sanitation service providers?

- Objectives/methodology: What are the main objectives of your project? What are the working steps to achieve your goal? How and who does choose the business models and what is your role in this task?

- Could you give some more details on what a BDS is exactly, its size, organisational structure etc. (e.g. they are privat and for-profit, but have up to know support from you and duties to the project – e.g. "BDS firms are responsibe for identifying profitable business models for sustainable sanitation service delivery that benefit the poor ")?

- Who is bearing the financial risk when a entrepreneur launches his new business, the entrepreneur, the BDS, the banks, etc.?

- How do the different business model look like? Can you share more details for India, Africa and LA? Do you have pictures of the projects?


Many thanks,
Dorothee
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 26 Feb 2013 06:23 #3582

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Dear Smuyani,


Thanks for this information. Iam from Uganda and would to know if our company can join the BDS in Uganda


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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, Malawi, Uganda, India, South America) 26 Feb 2013 10:36 #3590

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Hi All,
Thanks so much for your feedback and comments.

I will start by introducing myself and my role in the SAAB project. My name is Sherina Munyana and I handle the communications function for the SAAB project, particularly reporting, sharing stories, experiences and lessons learnt. Dorothee, I will handle the information requested shortly in my next post.

Deo, since you are in Uganda, I will send you a separate email and we can set up a meeting to discuss possible BDS partnerships.

Humberto, I would love to hear some more about the work you are doing in Bolivia, especially since we are working to implement SAAB in Bolivia and are currently at a stage where we are reviewing business plans and developing viable business models so it would be great to get some feedback on your experiences. You rightly mention the affordability element for the poor regarding the tariff and this is a similar situation we are facing so what we are attempting to do is work through Micro Finance Institutions that can link households with financing for sanitation services (such as Ecosan baths) and then they can repay this loan over a more flexible time period. I am very keen discuss more on how we could learn from each others' experiences and also link you up with our South America and Bolivia team so I would be happy to discuss this further on email. My email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, Malawi, Uganda, India, South America) 26 Feb 2013 14:30 #3605

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Dear Dorothee,

Please see below responses to the information requested:

- Where are the opportunities and where the limitations of supporting the private sector as the main driver in the sanitation service providers?

Supporting the private sector as the main driver in provision of sanitation services presents a number of opportunities - there are more options available for customers as different products are available to different market segments depending on what they can afford - for example in India, BASIX, the BDS provider has developed a product catalogue detailing different toilet options and providing price ranges so customers can select what is most affordable or desirable. In addition, sanitation service provision through the private sector also ensures a better level of quality for customers since elements like competition and the need to guarantee customer satisfaction will come into play with private sector involvement.

However there are limitations particularly when it comes to financing - this is twofold - private sector sanitation entrepreneurs require financing to start up or expand their sanitation businesses and the experience in Africa has shown that with bank lending rates as high as 24% per annum, bank financing has not been easy to access.
On the other side, financing is also a challenge for customers - what is required is a way for households to access affordable loans for sanitation products with flexible repayment plans - for example through Savings and Lending Associations. SAAB is trying to work through such local existing frameworks to link households to financing options but these too will require capitalization when demand levels increase.

- Objectives/methodology: What are the main objectives of your project? What are the working steps to achieve your goal? How and who does choose the business models and what is your role in this task?
The overall goal of SAAB is to develop a methodology for supporting sanitation businesses that, if successful, could provide an alternative to conventional sanitation approaches and lead to the significant expansion of sanitation services to poor people by the local private sector. The main objectives under this are:
1. Market analysis: market segmentation and research to scope the potential for on-site sanitation business models in a range of urban and peri-urban contexts.
2. Business model development: identifying profitable business models for sustainable sanitation service delivery that benefit the poor (drawn on market research and through testing in different contexts in several countries). Clear examples of successful businesses will be developed, which extend sanitation coverage to the poor. Recruitment of new sanitation entrepreneurs will be done through selected local marketing companies.
3. Business support: strengthening managerial and technical capacity of sanitation businesses for ongoing support to entrepreneurs in the development of their sanitation businesses through recruited local marketing companies.
4. Building an evidence base: Documenting where businesses make a clear case to customers, sharing of lessons learned, strengthening existing monitoring and evaluation systems, developing private sector management systems, and partnerships with local governments, regulators, local investors, development organizations and to address sanitation needs in poor areas.

To achieve this, we are working through local Business Development Service firms that are the primary implementer of this market-based approach. The BDS conducts market assessments to establish the viability of sanitation businesses and it is on the basis of these that they develop the business models.
Water For People play more of a facilitative role in this process with the emphasis more on the BDS and private sanitation entrepreneur(s) to do the actual provision of sanitation products and services (with the BDS providing business support to the entrepreneurs).

- Could you give some more details on what a BDS is exactly, its size, organisational structure etc. (e.g. they are privat and for-profit, but have up to know support from you and duties to the project – e.g. "BDS firms are responsibe for identifying profitable business models for sustainable sanitation service delivery that benefit the poor ")?
A BDS is intended to be the private sector face of SAAB. Water For People is implementing SAAB through the BDS and therefore Water For People's role is merely to facilitate the BDS to conduct market assessments, identify viable sanitation business models, recruit and support sanitation entrepreneurs to implement these business models. Therefore, the BDS will be the primary implementers and aside from its facilitation role, Water For People will also play an active role in monitoring and sharing experiences and lessons learnt among the different BDS in the different countries. The following document can provide some more insight into what to look out for when selecting a BDS:
tap.waterforpeople.org/usercontent/1/3/3...tion%2BGuideline.pdf


- Who is bearing the financial risk when a entrepreneur launches his new business, the entrepreneur, the BDS, the banks, etc.?
The entrepreneur bears the financial risk when he launches his business. Having received business support from the BDS including drawing up a business plan, the entrepreneur will find financing either through the bank or their own capital to start the sanitation business, basing on the projected profitability, just as they would for any other potentially profitable business.

- How do the different business model look like? Can you share more details for India, Africa and LA? Do you have pictures of the projects?
The main business models are around toilet / latrine construction and pit emptying. A detailed report on the progress of each is currently being finalized (containing pictures of the projects and I will be share this soon.
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Captiva Africa-Water for People Launch Gulper Technology 21 Mar 2013 19:56 #3978

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Press Release
Captiva Africa Unveils the Gulper

Kampala, 18th March 2013: In a first for the Uganda sanitation market, Captiva Africa Ltd, a business advisory firm has announced the unveiling of an innovative pit latrine emptying technology dubbed The Gulper”. This is set to benefit thousands of households in informal settlements that have hitherto not been able to access these sanitation services.
Speaking during the launch, Senior Business Development Advisor Saidi Bukenya explained that The Gulper can be carried by hand and has proven to be effective in getting waste out of latrines. He noted that the device caters for households that may not afford bulk emptying and enables them to only empty the waste that they can pay for at a given time.
“The Gulper has already made a significant impact in the areas where it has been used. So far latrines for 42 households have been emptied using the new technology in such areas as Kawempe, Kyebando and Bweyogerere. Four businesses in sanitation in Kampala have deployed the equipment.” Said Mr Bukenya.
The Gulper is not only of value to households that cannot be accessed by the Cesspool trucks but will create jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs in the untapped sanitation sector which has high growth potential.
Captiva Africa Ltd has since 2011 partnered with a leading international development agency to implement the Sanitation Solutions program which seeks to make the private sector the driver for improving access to sanitation in Uganda. Under the Sanitation Solutions program, Captiva Africa has provided a range of business development support services which include access to innovative technologies for entrepreneurs in the sanitation sector.
This comes from the realisation that there is untapped market potential in the sanitation sector which has not yet been exploited by the private sector.
A recent market study by Captiva Africa Ltd indicated that the sanitation sector can generate up to Uganda shillings 130 billion annually in revenues from latrine construction, emptying and waste reuse. The study revealed that in Kampala alone, the market potential for emptying pit latrines is in the range of UGX 31.2 billion annually.
“We have collaborated with our client on the Sanitation Solutions program to bring this new technology to the market and are excited at the prospect of supporting local businesses exploit the market opportunities that will arise from the use of The Gulper” said Joan Asiimwe a Business Development Advisor at Captiva Africa.
Mr Bukenya explained that thousands of latrines within Kampala fill up and need to be emptied on a daily basis. In the past, those who could not afford to pay for the emptying services simply dug a new pit after the old one filled up. This is not sustainable in the densely populated areas.

“The Government and the local authorities should consider more bold incentives for businesses to invest in the nascent sanitation sector in order to reduce reliance on the public sector and development agencies”. Bukenya concluded.
Ends.../

For more information, please contact;
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, Malawi, Uganda, India, South America) 22 Mar 2013 13:32 #3982

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This week the SAAB BDS partner in Uganda, Captiva Communications held a press conference on 18th March 2013 officially launching the Gulper in Uganda. The objective of the press conference was to increase awareness on the business opportunities in the sanitation sector including the Gulper, a technology that will help to provide a solution to emptying latrines particularly in slum areas that cannot be accessed by a tanker. Aside from increasing awareness of the business opportunity for potential entrepreneurs and the business support that they can receive from the BDS partner, it also provided awareness about the technology for so many households in slum areas in Uganda that need this service and have previously not been aware of its existence. It is therefore a chance for these households to get a more affordable latrine emptying service through the market, which will greatly contribute to improved sanitation services for them.

This link below shows one of the excerpts shown on one of the local TV stations following the conference and this kind of media buzz is expected to facilitate increased interest in the sanitation businesses, as will as increased opportunities for households to get links to these affordable services through SAAB.

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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 25 Mar 2013 08:12 #3990

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"Public sanitation is the new goldmine" - An article about Vision 10, one of the Gulper entrepreneurs in Uganda. The sanitation pit-emptying business is starting to gain ground in Kampala, as illustrated by this entrepreneur's experience

www.newvision.co.ug/news/640975-public-s...he-new-goldmine.html
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 09 Apr 2013 13:30 #4088

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TV footage - excerpt from press conference launching the gulper in Uganda

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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 12 Apr 2013 07:44 #4126

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If you would like to read some more about the work of SAAB, we have posted a number of documents and reports in the library on the link below.

www.susana.org/lang-en/library?view=ccbk...p;type=2&id=1733

On this link you will find the following information:
BOP - Pit emptying - A Business Opportunity Profile summarizing the how and what for sanitation entrepreneurs that would like to get into the pit emptying business

BDS Selection Guideline - This is a guideline on how to select a BDS partner based on Water For People's experience in selecting BDS partners to implement SAAB

BMO Report - Findings of a research study conducted for Water For People on the role of Business Member Organizations in supporting sanitation entrepreneurs in Uganda, Rwanda and Malawi

Sanitation Finance Report - A research study on Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and End-Users

SAAB Updates - Reports on our work in India, Uganda and Malawi in 2012
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 09 May 2013 10:18 #4360

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Partnership with GIZ for more gulper services in Kampala

www.newvision.co.ug/news/642497-kampala-...posal-technique.html
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I put here an e-mail exchange I had with Karsten about the use of The Gulper and the faecal sludge treatment - as it could be interesting for others working in Uganda, too.

Dear Karsten,

Thanks for the interest in The Gulper. We believe that stimulating private sector participation in sanitation services is the future. Besides GIZ, the other parties in The Gulper venture include Water for People (WFP, NGO), Captiva (Business Development), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), and various small scale businesses that have been recruited, trained and equipped with skills to sustain the pit-emptying business. Besides partly funding the project, our role is largely to facilitate the process owing to our long-standing experience in the urban WASH sector in Uganda.

On how the emptied sludge is handled, the current model involves transport and emptying at the NWSC wastewater treatment plant within the City. Moreover, Water for People is working closely with KCCA to set up sludge holding tanks to further reduce transport costs. In future, there will be less transport needs as more wastewater treatment facilities with capacities to handle faecal sludge are being built in various locations within the City. One such facility (Lubigi) is near completion, and its catchment covers the informal settlements where The Gulper is being rolled out.

As we are open to further sludge treatment options, the idea of setting up a Kakiri-type composting facility is welcome. I have visited the site on at least two occasions (www.flickr.com/photos/gtzecosan/68772217...et-72157629320894295), and our interest would largely be in commercial viability of the fertilizers. As with most pilots, piecemeal successes have been demonstrated on reuse of human excreta without much to show for when it comes to scale. Our good friend, Dr. Charles Niwagaba, has also been involved in various research in regard to demand for biosolids in Kampala. Any form of investment would have to be guided by such knowledge.

Since Water for People is a key partner in The Gulper initiative, it would be good to include Ms. Cate Nimanya (Country Director, WFP) in the discussion on the possibility of setting up a treatment unit for sludge volumes being handled by The Gulper.

Best, Fredrick

PS. As the attachment shows, not all pit contents are dumped in the "lake" untreated. A good proportion on pits in Kampala are used and safely abandoned - and as the sheets show, cities with higher sewerage proportions are not fairing that better when it comes to unsafe disposal into the environment.

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From: Karsten Gjefle [mailto:karsten@susan-design.org] Sent: Sunday, May 12, 2013 2:49 PM To: Fredrick Tumusiime

Dear Fredrick Tumusiime, Technical Adviser - GIZ, With great interest did I read the story in New Vision about the pit emptying system that now is being brought to some scale in Kampala.

www.newvision.co.ug/news/642497-kampala-...que.html/t_blank>

As you are aware of SuSan Design has tested a treatment solution that is robust and gives safe natural fertilizer and soil improvement product so the nutrient value of the pits can come back into productive use instead of being dumped into the lagoon or lake. (I assume that is what is taking place)

Our test site was just outside Kampala and GIZ has earlier visited it when it was up and running.

If there is room in your program to revive the site that would be a good investment in a sanitation solution that has proven to produce quality natural fertilzer. We tested the volumes on maize with NARO and we should be very close to get production going on a commercial platform covering basic running cost. Please let me know if you would like more information on our work or a suggestion from our side what it would cost to set up a unit that would cover the volumes now being handled by the gulpers.

Please inform me how the volumes from the gulpers today are deposited. Looking forward to be part of the solution in Kampala.

Best regards,

Karsten Gjefle

Director, Susan Design

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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 13 May 2013 15:25 #4381

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@Sherinah, the New Vision reported the article on the Gulper as the most emailed last week. As WASH practitioners, seeing articles on sanitation well received by the public can only encourage us to keep the momentum going. Perhaps East Africans could ape our West African colleagues and encourage creation of a forum for journalists that cover WASH issues. Water Aid Uganda has already set the pace through creation of a Parliamentary WASH Forum as lobbyists at the highest political level.

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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 14 May 2013 07:05 #4384

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Dear Frederick,
Thanks for sharing and it is exciting to see the interest the article generated and the potential partnerships that we can use to push this further. It would be great explore the journalists' forum further and other avenues to keep the momentum going. I will discuss with the team and we will be in touch.
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Catalyzing Sanitation a a Business Interim Learning Report 03 Jun 2013 14:46 #4584

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Addressing the magnitude of the sanitation challenge requires fresh thinking and innovation in program approaches, partnerships, technologies, and financing. Catalyzing Sanitation as a Business (SAAB)—a Water For People initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—was designed to test new ideas and understand what works.

SAAB is now halfway through its four-year implementation process and we’ve prepared a report to shed light on some of the key insights so far.

The underlying principles of SAAB are:

•Sustainable sanitation is achievable and scalable by application of business and marketing disciplines.
•It is more effective in the long run to take a business person and train them in the sanitation industry than it is to take a sanitation person and make them into a business person.

Over the past two years, Water For People has tested these principles and implemented SAAB in different settings all over the world. Furthermore, we have developed a cohesive framework to base our understanding and future decisions. The report explains the best-practices framework for SAAB and explores how to bring successful sanitation businesses to a greater scale.

Some of the topics in the report include:

•Water For People’s approach toward building a more effective sanitation market
•Business development support partner reflection
•Improved business promotion techniques

Please download the report here:

www.waterforpeople.org/programs/how-we-w...ness-report-2013.pdf

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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation a a Business Interim Learning Report 26 Jul 2013 15:02 #5149

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Thanks Jsauer for sharing the SAAB report. We (GIZ) are supporting a partnership between Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and Water for People (Uganda) built around creating sustainable faecal sludge management services. The partnership will participate in the recent BMGF/DFID call for proposals with the ultimate goal of establishing city-level sanitation services that are driven by public-private partnerships. The principles enumerated in the SAAB approach are being tested in Kampala and will be incorporated in larger projects/programs.

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The first edition of the SAAB newsletter is out. Please read more here
www.waterforpeople.org/media-center/orga...ws-october-2013.html
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SAAB will be participating in the National Learning Forum on Sanitation as a Business from 4-6 November in Kampala. In attendance will be key partners in the market-based approach. Read more on the program sanitation.captivaafrica.com/sites/defau...learning%20forum.pdf
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation a a Business 05 Nov 2013 10:20 #6273

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If you have so far followed the discussion on Sherina's research project on catalyzing sanitation as a business then I would like to point out that:

Here is your chance to interact with Sherina (and two other grantees) live during the upcoming webinar hosted by SEI on this Thursday (7 Nov.) at 17:00 Sweden time. Some places are still left (with or without microphone rights, this depends), please see here for more information:

forum.susana.org/forum/categories/139-ge...nment-institute#6195

(If you miss the event live, you can view the recording on Youtube a few days later)
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation a a Business 22 Nov 2013 15:35 #6507

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Dear all,

As a service to those people who don't have access to Youtube videos I am posting here a summary of what Sherina presented and the questions that followed during the third webinar that SEI organised on 7 November (see Arno's post about it here: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/139-ge...g-now-available#6312).

Sherina Munyana was the second presenter in the webinar. She is based in Kampala, Uganda, where she works for Water for People.

The presentation of Sherina starts exactly here in the Youtube video: youtu.be/gEpp_Ehpr3A?t=25m45s
Sanitation as a Businesses (SAAB)
by Sherina Munyana, Water for People, Uganda
Locations of research: Malawi, Uganda, Rwanda, India, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador

The short presentation that she used for the webinar (note that she gave much more detail and additional information verbally than what is shown in the slides):

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This is a large multi-million dollar project (5.6 Million USD according to the public BMGF grant database, to be precise), and one cannot expect Sherina to explain it all in 5 minutes… While listening to the recording a second time, I realised that she could only hint at many of the things. But there are also quite a few reports on their websites for further reading. In any case, I think her short presentation gave a good general overview and made me inquisitive for more.

Their project website is up and running since the beginning of the year (or longer) and gives a good overview of the activities in the different countries:
sanitation.captivaafrica.com/country (this one seems to have a focus on Uganda, but also deals with the other 6 countries)
They also have this website: sanitation.tap.waterforpeople.org/ (although I am a bit confused by the layout of it and how it relates to the other website).

Some notes that I took while listening to her presentation:
  • The project started 3 years ago in July 2010 (it is coming to an end middle of 2014).
  • The countries where the project is active are: Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, India, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador; the examples given in this presentation were mainly from Uganda and Rwanda.
  • Water for People is experimenting with market-based approaches to sanitation; no more subsidies and hand-outs to households or to NGOs (these hand-outs resulted in no ownership on the side of the households; households waiting for NGO to come back to fix the toilet if it needs fixing...)
  • If I understood it right, the new approach is: rather than giving money to NGOs or to households, rather give money to private companies – which they call BDS firms which stands for “business development support firms”.
  • The focus is on the private sector as the main driver; support to sanitation businesses; beefing up the businesses; not working with NGOs anymore; identify private sector business development support firms (still not clear to me: what is the exact definition of a BDS compared to just a normal private company?).
  • In rural areas: business focus is on latrine construction (keep on constructing new latrines because there is enough space; in urban areas, such as Kampala, the focus is on latrine emptying (manual or mechanical).
  • Initially: only one BDS firm per country (work with entrepreneurs and help them); but with just one BDS firm this created distortion in the market (e.g. maybe only tanker service for emptying – too expensive for some low-income customers); now have several BDS (at different levels; diversify types of sanitation businesses we are supporting).
  • Achievements to date: working with 50 sanitation enterprises. These are employing 100 people (thus 2 per firm – rather small companies – “2-man bands”?); Over 7000 bathrooms built (meaning 700 toilets built?); 300 latrines emptied (this makes me wonder: 300 latrines emptied in 3 years is not very much? And how do you know the number of latrines emptied, are you tracking each emptying service provider in 7 countries?).
  • We have financially supported sanitation businesses to offer more affordable solutions (it wasn’t clear to me how exactly these sanitation businesses were supported? Are you effectively subsidising them so that they can lower the fees for the customers?)
  • Working with local savings cooperatives.
  • The BDS firms are now investing their own money to provide sanitation loans to households; aim of the BDS in Malawi: support 5000 households per year in Malawi.
  • Problem: profitable businesses (which we may want to support) might neglect poorest households, resulting in no service to these low income households.
  • Emptying a pit latrine with a Gulper is popular with the entrepreneurs because Gulper has low upfront costs.
  • Entrepreneurs are now formalizing their business, open bank accounts (but difficult to get loans). Get entrepreneurs to form an association, might be easier to get a loan as an association.
  • Technology is a critical component in the market based approach (we need aspirational products) (wasn’t clear to me which aspirational products you are offering here?)
  • Create sanitation hubs in each country – these should develop new and affordable products.
  • Enabling environment: working with government – aiming for certification for entrepreneurs (e.g. pit emptiers) to operate legally and to offer quality services.

Questions:

(1)
Nelson Ekane asked: what are major differences between the different regions you have worked in?

Answer by Sherina:
"In South America it is difficult to eliminate the mentality of subsidies: people do not expect to have to pay for sanitation but take it as a human right… Our solution: develop hybrid approach together with government, slowly introducing that there are less or no subsidies.. India compared to Africa: local savings cooperations and MFIs (micro finance institutions) who are willing to work with this model are easier to find in India than in Africa. In Africa we have tried to combine income generating loans with sanitation loans."

Comment by Christoph Platzer on this (his forum post on 11 November):

The different approaches by water for people mentioned by Sherina Munyana, and especially the different experiences seemed a very valuable observation to me, not only the difference between rural and urban sanitation, but as well the differences in the “culture” between Africa, Asia and South America. Although I think in South America there is room for business models as X runner is currently experiencing in Lima, and we had the experience as well, that the people were willing to pay for their toilets. A problem is, that they developed bad habits – lots of NGO or as well government activities sending in latrines without payment, therefore the people are not willing to spend on something they could get for free (Why should they?). Therefore we put in a strong rule for our activities with a different quality toilet... who does not pay part of the toilet structure, does not receive a toilet. It worked and still works out fine, but without any subsidy not possible. On the other hand, normal sanitation does not work without subsidy as well.



(2)
Mark Illian asked; How are you reaching the poorest of the poor who have no farmland, no income, have disabilities – is there a floor or certain poverty level below which this approach doesn’t work?

Answer by Sherina:
"We are working with the government on this issue – provide some funding; supporting microfinance support centres." (I have to admit that I didn’t really understand Sherina’s answer here; it seemed to me that it sounded like for the poorest of the poor we will work with government subsidies again…)

(3)
Dorothee Spuhler asked: How about treating the waste and trying to get a revenue from selling the product? Rather than just having revenue from user fees also have revenues from products of sludge treatment?

Answer by Sherina:

"Yes, this is part of our technology component. In Rwanda we are working with the BDS firm “Boundless” that is implementing a mini-DEWATS plant to treat sludge; there are however delays because we are working with the government on this; also, the costs for the treatment plants are higher" (I found this answer a bit vague, see also comment by Steve Sugden * below; which incentive does the BDS have to pay for treatment? Only works if the government enforces treatment – like it seems to happen in Rwanda? But this still doesn’t lead to any revenue from the product sale? Why use a DEWATS plant for sludge treatment, I only know it for wastewater treatment? So no treatment and reuse activities in the other 6 countries apart from Rwanda? It's easy to have profitable businesses if you are only concerning yourself with emptying... but what happens to the sludge exactly then? Where do they take it? Dumping it into nearest water course is the most common practice in general, how can you prevent this or is this outside of the scope of the SAAB project?)

(4)
Mark Illian asked: have you tried to couple your approach to CLTS?

Answer by Sherina:
“Not yet; we normally support work that is already existing in a certain district. We need to explore this idea further.”

(5)
Nelson Ekane asked: have you coupled your approach with the Community Health Clubs that are part of the local government system in Rwanda?

Answer by Sherina:
“Yes, the BDS “Boundless” in Rwanda that we support has worked with them; we are always looking for better ways of intervening in the community.”

Thank you to Sherina and all the participants in this webinar!

I hope you found this write-up of Sherina’s presentation and the discussion that followed useful.

Greetings,
Elisabeth


P.S.

*I found a Rwanda trip report from Steve Sugden from October 2013 on their website (sanitation.captivaafrica.com/content/rwa...-report-october-2013) which answered some of my questions regarding the issue of treatment of faecal sludge in Rwanda. Quite an honest description of the problems encountered – thanks, Steve (I hope you didn’t get into trouble for your frank words).

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The urban work has become stuck in the sludge. There are lots of stories involving long chains of people waiting for other people to make decisions, the unsuitability of particular sites, dreams of large treatment plants, the need for Water for People to enter agreements if cannot and should not enter, and the unresponsiveness of BORDA in supporting the technical design. The urban SAAB has fundamentally achieved nothing after two years and it is time to change the approach. Boundless submitted an investment proposal to manage the development of a treatment process, but given their past track record, this is not the route to go down.

The only positive from the last two years is the agreement from the government to develop a small treatment plant on a plot of land about 5 kms from the city center. The topography of the site makes it unsuitable for large tankers as heavy excavation would be needed to create a turning circle, but it is ideal for a piki-piki based transport system with a small treatment plant capable of accepting 2m³ to 3m³ a day. There is a large area of agricultural land close by on which crops could be irrigated by the effluent, or even the building of a constructed wetland.

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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 25 Nov 2013 07:19 #6528

Dear Sherina,
We are a company named SaniWater Solutions ( www.saniwatersolutions.com) based in Uttar Pradesh (UP) in India. Can we be a BDS for Water for People in Uttar Pradesh state of India ?
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses (Water for People, USA, Malawi, Uganda, India) 26 Nov 2013 09:58 #6540

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Dear Joti
Thanks for your question. We are always looking for private sector partners to work with to implement our market-based sanitation approach. In fact, we currently accepting applications from BDS providers in the countries where we are implementing SAAB. Can you please send me an email on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and I will send you the relevant application form.

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Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses - Sanitation as a Business, SAAB (Water for People, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, India, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador) 26 Nov 2013 11:22 #6543

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Dear Elisabeth
Thanks so much for your post and for transcribing the webinar content. This is a great way to keep the discussion going. Just a few clarifications on some of the issues that didn't come out quite clearly

You wrote:
The focus is on the private sector as the main driver; support to sanitation businesses; beefing up the businesses; not working with NGOs anymore; identify private sector business development support firms (still not clear to me: what is the exact definition of a BDS compared to just a normal private company?).


On this point, a BDS firm is a private sector company whose main focus is to provide business development support to sanitation businesses (such as latrine construction or pit emptying businesses) with the intention of raising the profile of these businesses and ultimately through this increasing provision of sanitation products and services through the market.

You asked:
We are currently supporting 50 sanitation enterprises. These are employing 100 people (thus 2 per firm – rather small companies – “2-man bands”?);


On this point, it should be noted that the composition of the businesses varies significantly. For example in Africa, there are 30 pit emptying businesses and these employ 3 people on average - two operators (or emptiers) and one driver/manager with their target areas being mostly urban sanitation slums and thus the small scale operation that requires business support in order to expand. In India, there are 14 entrepreneurs being supported to have sanitary shops or "Sani-Marts" that sell sanitation products like slabs, which again are not hugely staffed and only require on average two staff that are skilled at construction or development of these products

You asked:
Over 7000 bathrooms built (meaning 700 toilets built?); 300 latrines emptied (this makes me wonder: 300 latrines emptied in 3 years is not very much? And how do you know the number of latrines emptied, are you tracking each emptying service provider in 7 countries?)


Yes, this means 7000 toilets built across the countries of implementation. The latrine emptying business model (particularly using the gulper) was recently introduced and has been running over the last year rather than over the past three years. The identification of business model by the BDS firm, recruiting and training of entrepreneurs had to happen prior to entrepreneurs beginning actual implementation. Now that the business model has gained ground and more entrepreneurs are being recruited, this is bound to increase the number of latrines to be emptied. New technologies other than the gulper are also being explored.

You asked:
We have financially supported sanitation businesses to offer more affordable solutions (it wasn’t clear to me how exactly these sanitation businesses were supported? Are you effectively subsidising them so that they can lower the fees for the customers?)


The support to sanitation businesses is offered in terms of the business support provided for these businesses by the BDS firms that have been contracted. The BDS firms provide information on business models, operational and financial training, branding of businesses, marketing, identification of customers and development of business plans for business expansion. There are no subsidies to the businesses therefore but rather initial business support. Entrepreneurs invest their own money in starting up the businesses and therefore areas of support include helping to link businesses to financial institutions for loans to either start up or expand their businesses. Products and services are offered at market rates (no subsidies) but business models such as emptying with the gulper are designed to offer more affordable options (that are cheaper, say, compared to emptying using a tanker) and thus more affordable for households.

You asked:
Technology is a critical component in the market based approach (we need aspirational products) (wasn’t clear to me which aspirational products you are offering here?)


Regarding the aspirational products being offered, the SAAB project works with a technology arm (SaniHub) to design different latrine products for households. For example, latrines being distributed under the rural SAAB model are more aspirational for households offering better latrine product options. Links to some of the latrine technologies being developed can be found on sanitation.captivaafrica.com/sanihub

You asked:
Mark Illian asked; How are you reaching the poorest of the poor who have no farmland, no income, have disabilities – is there a floor or certain poverty level below which this approach doesn’t work?
Answer by Sherina:
"We are working with the government on this issue – provide some funding; supporting microfinance support centres." (I have to admit that I didn’t really understand Sherina’s answer here; it seemed to me that it sounded like for the poorest of the poor we will work with government subsidies again…)


To clarify further here, what we try to do (for example in the rural SAAB model), the government has some money available for local savings cooperatives and the aim is to target this towards funding low interest sanitation loans for poor households that will then be able to access latrine products and repay these over an extended time period such as 24months. This will make it more affordable to poorer households. While it must be recognized that the market-based approach will not work for "the poorest of the poor" that earn less than $1 households but the intention is to make sanitation more affordable for the poor. By its very nature, the market expects that people will pay for products without subsidies and so the focus of SAAB is to make these products more affordable (in supporting businesses) and also linking households to more affordable financing.
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Dear Misses,
Water For People has led several experiences of project related to « Sanitation As A Business » in several countries around the world. OXFAM starts this experience in Senegal and wish to learn of what has been accomplished in the context of poor countries like ours even if it can appear some socio –cultural differences.
Facilitate the « doing business « between private sector enterprises and poor households on one hand by helping them have access to appropriate sanitation technologies with low cost and on the other hand helping enterprises earn money is a challenge which requires learning from similar experiences. This is the reason why we want to visit experiences of WFP in different countries. Unfortunately we do not have contacts or addresses of people we can exchange with.
So could you please provide us with complete address or contact of persons who have implement the SAAB RWANDA, India, Malawi and Peru so that we can prepare and discuss with the possibility of learning visit in those countries.
Thank you so much and any other experiences you think good in this subject will be welcome and don’t hesitate to share them with us.

Regards

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Dear Ousmane
We would love to share our experiences. I have shared my contact information with you so please get in touch and I will be happy to point you to the right people in the respective countries.
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Re: Catalyzing Sanitation Businesses - Sanitation as a Business, SAAB (Water for People, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, India, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador) 31 Mar 2014 08:59 #8041

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The SAAB program had the opportunity to display two of its sanitation technologies, the Rammer for pit emptying and the Durasan (a modular pour flush latrine) at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Delhi from 20-22 March 2014. It was a good chance to meet other technology developers and exchange ideas on viable sanitation technology solutions that could be explored within various settings. Please watch the following videos to gain an appreciation of the what SAAB displayed together with PATH and PSI, with whom Water For People is currently partnering to provide sustainable sanitation solutions in Bihar in India, where the Durasan will be among the sanitation technologies offered by the program.

The link below is a video interview from the fair giving some insight into the work that SAAB is doing, what makes our solutions unique and some of the challenges faced.



The second link below is a tour of the exhibits (the Durasan and Rammer) that SAAB displayed together with PATH and PSI



The technologies displayed addressed different levels of the sanitation value chain, and the experience interacting with different BMGF grantees will no doubt help SAAB to continue making technological improvements that offer better sanitation solutions to households and communities. For more information on the technologies that Sanihub is working on please visit www.sanihub.blogspot.com


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A photo from the exhibit (added by EvM):

Parry’s Modular Latrine - Interlocking, pre-cast concrete components make assembly quick and simple by Sustainable sanitation, on Flickr
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