People are lining up to try our MakaaDumu©, “long-lasting coal” in Swahili. Ok not quite yet, but grown men giggle when they hear what it’s made of and women are quick to recognize the economic benefits. Both, though, are excited and eager to try it. Odorless, healthier, and, above all affordable, our briquettes are poised to enter the market and sweep aside dirty, expensive charcoal. In collaboration with a fellow briquette maker, we have created compact, pillow-shaped briquettes, akin to those used in 4th of July barbecues. Each one is dense enough to hold its shape and burns longer than wood […]
Tweet 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 […]
Tweet 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 […]
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