The Safe Sanitation Solutions partnership aims to provide residents of low-income areas in Kisumu City, Kenya with access to safe, clean, and affordable container-based toilets, and to safely contain and treat fecal waste from the community that would otherwise be disposed in the open environment.
P4G has provided the partnership with $100,000 in catalytic grant funding.
Kisumu City’s population is estimated to be approximately 500,000, with 60% living in informal settlements where waste is not safely managed. Only 18% of Kisumu City residents have access to the city’s sewer system. This has resulted in the majority of the sanitation waste generated in the informal settlements ending up in Lake Victoria, one of East Africa’s most vital water sources.
Safe Sanitation Solutions will provide residents of urban informal settlements of Kisumu City with low-cost, high-quality sanitation facilities that are manufactured locally and that are designed for the densely populated informal settlements. The container-based dry technology system of the toilets ensures that fecal waste that would have been disposed of in the open environment is safely contained and removed from the community. This technology also reduces demand for valuable water resources as the toilets do not require flushing.
These locally manufactured facilities can easily fit inside one-room households and are operated by residents as small businesses or as a value-add service to their customers, such as tenants in the residential context or students at schools. Safe Sanitation Solutions provides strong customer support to its customers through a free mobile application where customers can share feedback, report maintenance issues, make referrals and make a monthly subsidized payment for regular waste collection and maintenance services.
The partnership provides low-income communities with safe sanitation facilities that are at least 3 times more affordable than what they would have paid to use a public toilet located outside of a residential compound or school because of its model of community subscription payments.
During the P4G funding period, the partnership aims to serve 20,000 residents of urban informal settlements in Kisumu City. In the long run, this partnership aims to scale and serve all residents of Kisumu City's informal settlements with safe sanitation solutions co-funded by the community and the Kisumu Water and Sanitation Company.
Building sustainable and affordable sanitation solutions for Kisumu’s low-income communities
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