New Challenges and New Learnings


Residents provide feedback on Sanivation’s BlueBox at focus group dicussion

Container-based sanitation is attractive to both landlords and tenants because they realize that the current system is breaking. We are working on conveying the value of container-based sanitation to local flower farms in Kasarani. However, flower farms now seem less interested than first presumed. Fair Trade farms are required to reinvest money back in the community, and Sanivation originally believed that those funds could help to mitigate the user cost of providing services in the village. However, we have since learned that these funds are not allowed to go to improving services, they must go to one-time infrastructure projects. Sanitation, particularly in urban environments, is a sector that requires ongoing funds for maintenance and sustainability, thus making it difficult to work with the current Fair Trade system. We have seen that one-time infrastructure projects often don’t last more than a year or two and can’t cope with expansion. Whether it is in Kasarani or another rapidly urbanizing community that has similar sanitation challenges, we are excited about learning about the number of challenges of each stakeholder in the local ecosystem and value chain.

Danielle Thomas's picture

Thanks for posting Andrew! REAL sustainability is one of the biggest challenges, for sure! Looking forward to hearing more about this. Let us know when you'll be back in Ghana....would be great to talk. Danielle (Slamson Ghana)