Urine Re-use for Sunflower Farming and School Wash (URW) - Aqua for All

Urine Re-use for Sunflower Farming and School Wash (URW)

Scale Response Facility - Sanitation and School Wash

Project summary

Under the Football for Water (F4W) program 2012-2018 a pilot project on urine reuse and sunflower farming was developed as a business model to sustain the WASH facilities in the 50 F4W schools. Kamida enterprise was established and the Urine Reuse and Sunflower Farming for School Wash (USW) business model was designed for production of human urine based organic fertilizer with urine from local schools for use by local farmers as a direct revenue stream for school WASH and Life skill education.

This circular model has proven to be viable for sunflower products at a larger scale by capacitating small scale scale farmers in Migori county and surroundings. There is a large market for sunflower oil and related products in Kenya and a demand for affordable organic fertilizer, irrigation and farming equipment by small scale farmers. Irrigation schemes are provided in cooperation with local county government programs. The urine fertilizer is sold by Kamida to farmers, the sunflower seeds are bought again by Kamida and converted into a number of products including cooking oil, soap, lotion, animal feed, jelly cream etc. of which 20% of profit is allocated back to Creata for the purpose of sustaining School Wash and Life skill education. Further financial sustainability is needed in order for the model to 1) continue and scale use and sales of liquid urine in the area (Urigold) and 2) innovate with use of dry urine products by using bagasse from sugar cane plants to a usable certified and transportable product. Due to Covid-19 lockdown measures in the communities and at the schools, income and momentum has been lost and the urine collection facilities have not been maintained and are not in full production. The funding of Aqua for All is aimed to restore and stimulate the production side of this model again (schools and farmers) and make the model operational and financially viable and self-sustaining by January 2022

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