As Georgia Tech graduates ourselves, we felt honored to have the privileged to mentor GT seniors for their capstone design course. After presenting multiple challenges, they chose one of the hardest–to design a household toilet that integrates with a service model for people that squat and do anal cleansing. And wow, have we been impressed. The team has engineered and prototyped an aspirational toilet in 3 months. As far as we know, a squatting toilet that integrates with a service approach to sanitation didn’t previously exist. To top it all off, “Team Sanivation” competed against Georgia Tech students to win […]
As explained in the last blog, the Western gut reaction is not very accepting of cooking fuel made from human waste. It sounds like an impossible idea. Who would want to do that? But when you understand the context of people’s lives on the ground you can see why this might be not only a tolerable but an attractive option. The longer I work in sanitation the more surprised I am and how things that seem obvious may be less black and white than I thought. The most prominent example of this currently is people’s preferences to sit or squat. […]
The number one question we get from everyone when we talk about the briquettes we are making from human feces is… how do local users feel about that? As in, are people here in Naivasha willing and really wanting to burn their own shit to cook their dinner? It’s a question we have been worried about as well. We have been doing everything to help with the cultural acceptance of this alternative fuel- creating something that does not look nor smell anything like poop. Our current briquettes are made from charcoal dust and our treated feces. This briquette is made […]
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