Giving local entrepreneurs an income and at the same time giving 4,500 adults and school children access to decent sanitary facilities. That is the purpose of the “Flower Toilets” project of the ONG Join For Water.
Almost 3 out of 4 people in Western Uganda have no access to decent toilets. Nevertheless, poor hygiene is one of the main causes of diseases and high infant mortality in the region. Therefore the ONG Join For Water developed the Flower Toilet: a sustainable and ecologically responsible toilet. Moreover, it is a new business model that allows local entrepreneurs to earn a living.
Advantages on 4 levels
- The building blocks of a Flower Toilet consist of clay, cement and sand and therefore have low CO2 emissions. The groundwater is not polluted.
- The building kit is affordable for rural families. They can use the composted manure for their crops.
- Moreover, it’s the local entrepreneurs who make the building blocks and sell and install the ecological toilets. To this end, they receive the necessary training from Join For Water.
- Good hygiene improves public health and reduces child mortality. In addition, more and more schools in the region include the importance of hygiene in their curriculum.
Since January 2020 Ugandan entrepreneurs have already placed 49 Flower Toilets. In addition, they produced 34.384 sustainable building blocks, 22.384 of which have already been used to build Flower Toilets. And furthermore 71 families have committed themselves to purchase a Flower Toilet.
Achievements in 2020
Despite a severe lockdown in March and April, the Ugandan entrepreneurs and partners were able to submit good results. Also since May, coronaproof activities have been restarted.
More info can be found on ovo.be and joinforwater.ngo