Dry toilet pilot project
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Mifuko Trust is bringing ecological sanitation to rural Kenya
Good sanitation is an essential part of staying healthy and disease-free. According to Unicef, 16 million (50 percent) Kenyans do not have adequate sanitation and 50 per cent of rural households have no toilet facilities at all, and where they exist they are generally unhygienic. This has known to lead to lost lives, missed schooling, diseases, malnutrition and poverty. Besides of providing a hygienic sanitation system for a chosen family and artisan group, the dry toilet project will also give extra income for the community. The ecological and sustainable toilet stores and composts feces that can be recycled into a fertilizer; the locals can then either use it themselves in their fields or sell it to other local families for revenue. As the project is entirely carried out by locals, from construction to maintenance, the community will learn new skills that may help them find further employment. The pilot project was started in May 2017 with the collection of building materials and the building was finished in October 2017. Jane Mutala, owner of the plot the toilet was built on, says she has been content with the toilet and no problems have occured. New toilets will be built hopefully soon to other communities!