ToileTrees Micro Production Facility
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Sustainable Pathways Foundation
États Unis, WI, Milwakee, Milwaukee County
Pays dans lesquels ce projet crée un impact social
Kenya, WE, Bungoma
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ToileTrees Micro Production Facility
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Depuis combien de temps le projet existe-t-il ?
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Le besoin : quel problème tentez-vous de résoudre ?
Of the 33 million people living in the rural areas of Kenya 68% or 22 million people do not have access to an improved sanitation facility. This means that the majority of the population will meet their bathroom needs by using a non-piped sewer system, septic tank, pit latrine, an open pit, bucket, a shared facility or no facility at all. These unimproved sanitation facilities are unsanitary and are the cause of the many health problems that the Kenyan people face. Some of the most prevalent infectious diseases that are associated with unsanitary water contact include bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever and schistosomiasis. With the ToileTree Slab many of these health concerns can be greatly reduced.
La solution: quelle solution proposez-vous ? Soyez précis !
The ToileTree is designed using a special innovative process. This process uses an EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam encased in a proprietary fiber reinforced cement mixture. This cement mixture is used in a batch manufacturing system with virtually no waste except clean up. The end result is a 3' x 3' slab that is used as a composting toilet. The slab is affordable, easily washed, portable, sanitary, used by an individual family, and provides future site of fertile soil. The ToileTree offers a clean and safe option for people to go to the bathroom. The way it works is simple; a family digs a pit near their home 1-2 meters deep. They place the ToileTree over it and they can enclose the area as well if they like. Once the pit is full, the family simply digs another pit and moves the lightweight ToileTree slab to the new spot. Another benefit that the ToileTree offers is a future fertile source to grow a fruit tree.
Le système : décrivez un exemple spécifique montrant de quelle façon votre initiative fonctionne ; indiquez vos principales activités.
The facility itself will be relatively simple and allow that the entrepreneur to start with a low initial investment and risk. The average cost of a micro production facility will be $30,000. Half is given as a grant and half as a loan to the entrepreneur. This set-up is also very simple because it has been designed to be initially run without machines or electricity. The facilities are given five molds for the ToileTree slabs and production begins with hand labor methods. As demand increases factories can be adapted for use with machines and electricity. The facility will employee 8-10 people to begin with and increase with sales and demand. In one year the micro facility is projected to make enough in profit to fully pay back the $15,000 loan.
Le marché : qui sont vos collègues et vos concurrents ? Identifiez les autres personnes qui travaillent à répondre au même besoin et indiquez ce qui vous différencie d'elles. Comment ces concurrents pourraient-ils influencer votre réussite ou votre croissance ?
Current competition offers their products at no cost for the consumer. HSM believes that we can overcome this obstacle because many of the sanitation options that these NGO’s offer are community based for schools and small towns. The NGO’s do not offer facilities on a per family basis. This means that the primary locations for defecation include; a non-piped sewer system, septic tank, pit latrine, an open pit, bucket, a community shared facility or out in the open. With large community options like an open pit, septic tank or a pit latrine is that they are not maintained to a healthy standard.
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Votre initiative s’occupe de quelle(s) solution(s) pour aider des entrepreneurs émergents et pour aider des petites entreprises à croître et à s’augmenter dans des communautés mal desservies ? (sélectionnez tout ce qui est applicable)
Accès au financement, Accès aux chaînes d’approvisionnement, Accès à la technologie, Accès aux opportunités économiques.
Jusqu'à ce jour, quels résultats a obtenu votre projet ?
We have piloted the project with 270 composting toilets and we have had much success. The composting toilets provide not only a place for the excrement, but also help with providing fertilizer for food security. We are monitoring the families that are using the toilets and assessing the health and environmental benefits. In June, 2012 we visited with 5 families and found no problems with the squat slab, that the composting was working well, and that the family was healthier. We will continue to monitor and evaluate.
Quelles sont vos prévisions en termes d'impact au cours des trois prochaines années?
Over the next 1-3 years we hope to be a crucial partner in establishing open defecation free communities. We have begun discussions with the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation. We also anticipate multiple micro production facilities providing sanitation solutions across Kenya, which will mean increased jobs and a positive impact on the economy. We already have interest by eight other countries who would like to set up a sanitation facility. We anticipate millions of people, families, and lives being changed because of a innovative portable toilet.
Quels sont les obstacles qui risquent de freiner votre projet ? Comment pensez-vous les surmonter ?
The biggest barrier we face is with the people themselves. Sixty-eight percent of the rural population in Kenya does not have access to an improved sanitation facility. Without these improved facilities the people are faced with many health risks. The problem is that many of the people do not know that these health issues are caused by the unsanitary sanitation facilities. Due to this fact competition comes from the lack of knowledge about the health risks. Changing people's habits and hygiene practices is a challenge. Using material put out by Public Health departments and using the schools we will need to run an aggressive education campaign. We will also use radio advertising and have workshops on bettering your health and hygiene.
Les meilleures propositions possèdent un programme solide détaillant leurs prévisions pour atteindre et suivre leurs objectifs de croissance. Identifiez vos objectifs à 6 mois pour accroître vos résultats
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre ces objectifs à six mois
Raise the additional $13,600 for the micro production facility to being in Bungoma, Kenya
Train the staff and monitor the operation of the facility for 3 months. Keeping an eye on quality and control issues.
To increase the facilities capacity and move from manual operations to electric/machine operations.
Et maintenant, voyez les choses en plus grand ! Identifiez vos objectifs à 12 mois
To see the loan repaid by the entrepreneur, thus allowing us to set up the next facility.
Définissez les trois tâches principales à accomplir pour atteindre vos objectifs à 12 mois
To set up another facility in Kenya or elsewhere to provide for sanitation needs.
To create and develop ancillary products including sitting toilets, hand wash stations, and enclosures.
To see success in more than one facility and that the model works. And to see a drop in sanitation based disease.
Création de l'organisation : nous voulons tout savoir sur votre déclic. Expliquez-nous oú et quand les fondateurs se sont rendu compte que cette solution possédait un véritable potentiel pour changer le monde.
I have been a mission worker in Kenya since 2006. The one thing I dreaded the most were the toilets. I didn't mind squatting, but the smell, the bugs, and the uncleanliness even made me want to go in the bush. I realized that even though they had toilets no one liked them. I also realized that the bush was full of feces and it was contaminating the water. Poop became a constant topic on all my trips. I never thought finding a place to poop would be so difficult or challenging, but it was and not only for me. Many women were scared of the toilets and disgusted by the smell. Women would tell stories of men hiding out by the toilets and then attacking or raping them even. Then I heard stories of kids falling into the toilets or babies being cast into the pit latrines to die. I began to realize that I was not worried about where I pooped because I was a visitor, everyone was worried. Everyone wanted a better, safer, cleaner, personal alternative. Thus the ToileTree was created.
Quels sont vos différents partenariats ?
We partnered with Rotary District 6270, who provided us with $15,750 to conduct the market study, make and ship 270 toilets to Kenya for testing and use.
We also partner with a local nonprofit, Project Kenya Charity, who is has the in country (on the ground) connections. Both of these organizations have expressed interest in continuing to assist us and are partners still to do this day.
Lastly, the Little Sisters of St. Francis will be our main partner. They will oversee the facility, the staff, and have already mobilized the community for their support. The entire diocese is involved.
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