Overview & Objectives
Conceptual Framework
Replication Examples
Lessons Learned
  Formation and training of   promoters
  Support and extension work
  Educational tools
  Tech selection and financing
  Quality production
What else needs to be done?

As a result of this project, the communities are becoming self-sustaining resources within their regions; dry toilets are being built and properly used; poorly used and abandoned toilets are being rehabilitated. "New" families and villages have become interested (albeit slowly) and are requesting and obtaining information from project communities and building toilets without intervention from Espacio de Salud. In two regions, after initial, partial construction subsidies were terminated, newly participating families now contribute full construction and maintenance costs.

An important accomplishment of the program has been the greater awareness that has been generated regarding sanitation-related environmental and health issues. Training workshops given by Espacio de Salud provide promoters with methodological tools to increase their impact. Community groups analyze the relationship between water scarcity, pollution and conventional sanitation approaches. As a result, families and communities have opposed the installation of sewers in favor of dry toilets.

Dry sanitation programs in Mexico previously ignored the value of recycling nutrients. Promoters involved in this project easily grasp the importance of safely recycling human "wastes" and families have been quite open to experimenting with urine as a fertilizer. They at times give priority to experimenting with urine for agriculture before building toilets.

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