Agriculture

The Problem

In Kenya, many villages have little or no access to sanitation. A pit latrine is commonly used in many communities; this is a toilet that will collect faeces and urine in a hole in the ground. This can be highly problematic as they are often known to leak, meaning that waste products spread into the ground. What’s worse is that during rainy season the pit latrines will also be unstable and sink into the ground.

Similarly, it is not uncommon for villagers to go to the bathroom directly in the open; they dig a hole and fill it when they are finished.

Putting waste directly into the ground can lead to contaminated water supplies, and in particular, can be the cause of cholera, a fatal disease.

To make things worse, it is currently illegal to operate a school in Kenya without a healthy level of sanitation. Therefore, without a functioning toilets, schools will be forced to shut down, leaving hundreds of children without a place to learn.

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The Solution

One of our toilets

We provide a microfinance loan to our entrepreneurs who then use the money to buy the materials needed to build a toilet. This toilet is usually built in the middle of communities and is free for everybody to use.

The toilet is designed to separate the urine and faeces, which is then stored in two separate containers underneath the structure. They both are then left to ferment into a top quality natural fertiliser which can then be sold to local communities.

We have also implemented our new multi-cubicle toilet which can accommodate up to 12 people at a time (there are 6 stalls and a trough urinal). These are being particularly targeted at schools, meaning that they no longer have to shut down because of poor sanitation.

SanEco fertiliser is cheaper than all artificially produced natural fertiliser currently on the Kenyan market. This means that our range increases the income of our entrepreneurs, prevents spreadable disease using better sanitation and cuts costs for farmers thus encouraging agricultural development. Moreover, it also triples crop yields which means that the farmers themselves can also benefit from a higher income!!

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