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A social business model for the provision of household ecological sanitation services in urban Haiti

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posted on 12.02.2018, 15:11 by Claire Remington, Marion Cherrak, Nick Preneta, Sasha Kramer, B. Mesa
Traditional sanitation alternatives like pit latrines or sewerage systems are often unsafe, economically infeasible or inappropriate for low-income populations living in urban areas characterized by lack of infrastructure, high population density, a high groundwater table, and a subsequent lack of waste treatment. Since 2012, SOIL has launched a household ecological sanitation service, called EkoLakay, in several urban areas in Haiti. This program is showing promising results in providing a sustainable, attractive, and affordable sanitation solution for urban households. Customers pay a monthly fee of $4-$5 that covers the installation of the toilet and the weekly waste collection. Waste containers are brought to a SOIL composting waste treatment facility where the wastes are safely treated and transformed into a nutrient-rich compost. As of March 2016, Ekolakay serves 721 households, or 4000 users, in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien, and demand for the service continues to grow.
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REMINGTON, C. ... et al, 2016. A social business model for the provision of household ecological sanitation services in urban Haiti. IN: Shaw, R.J. (ed). Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all: Proceedings of the 39th WEDC International Conference, Kumasi, Ghana, 11-15 July 2016, Briefing paper 2529, 6pp.

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