Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge

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Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge

An interesting article published by the  Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council - WSSCC provides great insights into how feacal sludge is opening doors for business.
 


According to the article, a new breed of Ugandan sanitation entrepreneurs is making a business out of emptying pit latrines in Kampala. Using hand-powered pumps known as gulpers, they extract faecal sludge from pits across the capital city where a handful of the population is served by a sewerage network.Isaac Turinawe’s Terikigana Sanitation Services operates in the suburbs and slums around Kampala’s central division. With start-up support from Water for People, Turinawe’s business now has six employees. They pump sludge into barrels for transport in the company’s small truck to the sewerage treatment plant in Lubigi, on the outskirts of the city.In a recent visit to the treatment plant, Ms Hind Khatib-Othman, Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), had the opportunity to talk with Mr Turinawe about his business.

Read  what the WSSCC Chair learned about sewage disposal on her visit to Uganda 

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Dear Mr Mbirungi,
What a great article!

We implement decentralised waste water treatment facilities and I was hoping if it would be possible to receive Isaac Turinawe's email address, to discuss business opportunities.

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Dear Esther, 

Thank you for taking time to read the article and for your interest in Turinawe's work. 

I have sent out an email to one of his close associates asking her to share his email contacts. I will get back to you as soon as I receive a response. 

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Machrine Birungi. 
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Thank you Machrine.
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Dear Esther, 
A quick note to let you know that I have dropped you an email that contains the contact details of Isaac Turinawe, the sanitation entrepreneur of Uganda. 

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Machrine Birungi 
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Dear Machrine,

Thank you for your continued posts. Would there be a way to know some of the challenges that the sanitation service is facing especially while working in National Water and Sewerage Corporation area of jurisdiction? Have they come into an agreement on how to operate or how is it happening?

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Dear Charlotte,
Thank you for the feedback. 
Clearly I would have really loved to link you up with the Fecal sludge entrepreneurs in Kampala to get a first hand story about their challenges. 

In the meantime, I found this article very informative. Here is the link.  bit.ly/3duWyaJ .
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Dear Machrine,

Thank you for the response. The document you have attached has really been helpful. There is a service level agreement which has been written giving the different players mandate for easy operationalization. In the case of Kampala, KCCA is offering licenses and setting tariff rates whereas National Water and Sewerage Company is receiving and treating the faecal sludge.
Thank you for the insight.
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Charlotte, I am happy to know that you found that article useful. Yes, there is a lot that we learn from sharing useful information.
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Re: Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge

Thanks Machrine for the insight into the businesses operating within the FSM. 

I had a follow-up question regarding the acceptance of public/buyers of the briquettes within Kampala region. Were there any concerns with respect to marketing the product from public acceptability? Also are the main consumers of the product farmers?

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Dear Eva, 
Thanks for the questions
Quick response: The marketability of the briquettes has been simple in a way because it has created a circular economy. The main buyers of the briquettes are urban communities. 

Both firewood and charcoal are expensive especially for the small urban business communities. Also in comparison tocharcoal, they generally burn for longer and have a more consistent heat output, which is
preferred by certain market segments such as restaurants, hospitals and schools.

Apparently, the price of a briquette is competitive to charcoal, allowing domestic users among rural populationsas well as the urban and peri-urban poor to adopt them as a replacement for charcoal. 
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Thank you for sharing this Machrine. 
It is quite inspiring looking at how those Sanitation Entrepreneurs are innovatively generating income from treated waste by products.

Back in my country (Zambia), we also have similar Sanitation entrepreneurs generating revenue at different points of the FSM value chain. However, the marketing and sale of briquettes is something that is still lagging. 
Your post is quite insightful as it can shares some best practices some of our FSM Sanitation entrepreneurs  can learn from.
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