Updated Mar 22, 2019
A social enterprise model for public toilets piloted in Nepal that incorporates additional revenue streams with waste-to-value technology (biogas), bundled services (shops), gender-inclusive design, & a cleaning compliance program.www.aerosantoilets.ca
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Without proper regulation or management incentives, public toilets in Nepal suffer from inadequate maintenance, unhygienic conditions and disposal of untreated waste into waterways. Women & children are disproportionately affected by a lack of access to sanitary toilets and are most likely to "hold on", resulting in urine & pathogen retention, bladder distension and continence problems. Lack of toilet access also increases diarrheal disease, exacerbating nutritional deficiencies.
We enable existing public toilet operators to enhance their profitability in a way that streamlines with socio-environmental objectives. For example, a biogas plant is constructed that converts toilet waste into energy - benefiting the environment while generating additional revenue. By adopting our model, public toilet operators are motivated to offer services that are gender-inclusive & hygienic. Successful businesses can scale, improving toilet access to the public.
Sanitation in developing countries is undergoing a crisis, which is exacerbated by population increase, urbanization and the threats of climate change. Sanitation is costly, the work involved in not glamorous and infrastructure is an expensive burden to the government. We aim to change the game of the sanitation industry, by setting the stage for profitable and dignifying work in the sanitation industry that can achieve social and environmental sustainability.
|New Implemented Countries||Nepal, India|
|Recruit||2 management, 2 engineers, 1 administrator, 1 researcher, 20 volunteers|
|New Feature||1-build 5-10 new public toilets that incorporate our inclusive design standards and biogas 2- Improved Internet technology for monitoring management & user feedback 3-Formalize & train the women-led sanitation workers cooperative 4-cleaning standard policy|
David Gallagher, CEO MSc (SOAS) Sustainable Development, BSc Eng. Over 40 years of International Development experience (CUSO, OXFAM, CARE). Dianna Marini, Program Manager MSc (McGill) Integrated Water Management, BSc Cell Biology. Interdisciplinary background in environmental management, health & social sciences and project management. Prakash Amatya, Country Representative Nepal. Has a diverse educational background in Microbiology, Environment, and Business Management.
EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN