Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge

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Re: Sanitation entrepreneurs making business out of Faecal sludge

Dear Prince,

Just to find out about the marketing and sale of briquettes,what is the main source of fuel that the people are currently using in your area? Are the briquettes cheaper than them? I would recommend a brief market study to understand the dynamics. This will determine the best strategy to use.

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Hi Charlotte,

For the target customers, charcoal is the main source of energy for cooking/heating. In comparison, the briquettes made from treated faecal waste are actually cheaper; it's the stigma attached to the product (it being faecal matter, despite being treated) that creates a barrier for its mass update. 
Alot of sensitisation still needs to happen in most areas.

Although, where briquettes made from faecal matter are failing to push sales, some of our FsM sanitation entrepreneurs are sucessfully marketing the connection and usage of biogas, especially to restaurants in local markets. 

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Dear Prince,
Thanks for the update. Sensitization is definitely critical to be able to boost the uptake of the briquettes. In Kenya, there was a similar project done in a town called Nakuru. The uptake for the briquettes was quite slow at first. Fortunately, there was a ban on logging countrywide that made wood charcoal hard to access. Briquettes were the next best option. You can read all about it here .
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Dear Charlotte,

Thank you so much for sharing the insightful article. I will do my part to pass on best practices to the FSM sanitation workers back in my country in order to market briquettes in a much more effective way.

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Hello Prince and everyone,

Great to follow this discussion. More and more the sanitation sector is becoming an attractive sector for entrepreneurs. In relation to faecal sludge (FS), the options are numerous and swipe across the full sanitation service chain.  This thread seems to be weighing more on the end-use of sludge post-treatment or the resource recovery aspects of FS.

I would like to point you to this publication from Kampala that talks about what Kampala has focused on in the area of resource recovery. Kampala, is in many ways similar to Lusaka, mainly looking at the use of treated FS as a soil conditioner with briquette making and bio-gas coming in secondary to this, this is mainly because it is already quite lucrative to sell the treated sludge as is. A market for FS as a soil conditioner is readily available, however, issues of lack of standards on the end product have not fully been addressed yet.

See here:  https://www.susana.org/_resources/documents/default/3-2573-7-1464883011.pdf

EXTRACT:

Treated sludge from the NWSC treatment plants at Lubigi and Bugolobi isused as a soil conditioner and organic fertilizer and also as a fill material. On average, the sludge from the drying beds costs about USD10/tonne. Small scale florists, foresters, gardeners, briquette manufacturers and livestock farmers are some of the major users of wastewater sludge in Kampala (NETWAS, 2011).

Countries like Kenya have also looked at resource recovery through the production of black soldier fly larvae from FS, a viable protein source for animal feed.  

See here:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-insects/from-poo-to-food-kenyan-toilet-waste-key-for-new-animal-feed-idUSKCN1TI1BN

EXTRACT

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan farmer Victor Kyalo’s chickens have doubled the number of eggs they are laying. The reason: Human excrement.He is feeding them food from a Nairobi-based organics recycling company. Sanergy harvests waste from toilets it operates in a franchise network in Nairobi’s sprawling slums and feeds it to fly larvae, which become high-quality animal feed.

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