Our vision expresses the world that we wish to see and that we are working towards. Both the sustainability as well as the inclusiveness of basic services are at the core of our vision.
Our vision is a world in which cities provide basic services to their citizens in a sustainable and inclusive way.
Our mission is to create alternative sanitation solutions that adapt to the realities and needs of each context in a sustainable way.
X-runner offers a sustainable sanitation solution that provides urban households with a portable dry toilet and a responsible service that removes and converts the human waste into compost, thus improving the daily lives, health and environment of thousands of individuals.
Our non-conventional sanitation solution consists of a Container Based Sanitation (CBS) system which provides homes with a dry toilet of high technology and also includes the collection and responsible treatment of the generated waste and a continuous customer service support. Once a week we pick up the feces from every household or respective collection points and bring them to the treatment plant, where they are transformed into compost, an ecological fertilizer. This is how we avoid that the families are in direct contact with the fecal waste as well as the accumulation or inadequate management of the feces.
Our clients pay a monthly fee of 12$ for the pick-up service. But as we offer this service to low-income households, it is subsidized by grants and prize money from international foundations.We are also a founding part of the CBS Alliance which seeks to formalize CBS as a widely accepted and endorsed approach among municipalities and regulators, to help non-conventional sanitation services to reach scale, and to achieve sustainable impact in urban areas around the world. (http://www.cbsa.global/#/)
We’ve managed to develop an effective, affordable and accessible system that solves the urgent sanitation problem immediately. Moreover, our solution truly adapts to the social and environmental needs and challenges of marginalized areas in the city.
Within few days people can get access to a safely managed container based sanitation system which functions without water and has an immediate impact on the health of our users. Otherwise they would be obligated to continue using pit latrines and to wait 15 years on average to have access to a water and a sewage system.
While most alternative sanitation solutions for low-income areas focus on a specific “product”, our approach is innovative as it focuses on an end-to-end service that takes care of the whole sanitation value chain for the emptying, transport, and safe management of the waste. This approach complies with the updated Sustainable Development Goal for ‘safely managed’ household sanitation.
We have 3 major goals for the next year: 1) Keep expanding to new coastal areas in Lima to impact a total of 6,000 beneficiaries. 2) Fully implement an Optimization Project with the support of Columbia Business School mentors aiming to improve the efficiency of our processes to reduce the costs per household and scale more rapidly. 3) Develop a government relations strategy in order to promote and implement new pilot projects in other urban and rural areas around the country.