Updated Aug 07, 2019

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SATO, a part of LIXIL

Improving the lives of millions of people around the world through ground-breaking sanitation solutions including the SATO pans and stools for use with pit latrines.

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Erin Mccusker

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The SATO products first launched in 2013 and in 2019, reached a total of 2.5 million units shipped. SATO is continuing to evaluate new products to best serve those in need of improved sanitation, and expanding reach to more markets.

Focus Areas:

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Human Centered Design

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Innovation Description

Each year millions of people, most of them children, die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation, and hygiene. In 2015, 2.3 billion people still lacked even a basic sanitation service, and 892 million people still practiced open defecation. First developed by LIXIL's American Standard brand, the SATO series features a weighted flap under the seat that seals itself after use. Priced from $2 to $10, depending on model and country, they use as little as 200 ml (less than a cup) of water - 80 percent less water than a flush toilet, put a barrier between fecal waste and people, block odors, flies and other disease vectors, and offer an effective, affordable way to mitigate the dangers and unpleasantness of typical pit latrines.


May 2018
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TITLELIXIL Global Sanitation Social Enterprise: Taking SaToPan to Significant Scale
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
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