Overview & Objectives

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?

Mexico has been one of the world leaders in dry sanitation projects. However, when attempted on a relatively large scale, implementation continues to be hampered by inadequate community education, training, and participation in decision-making.

As part of a larger effort to address this problem, Espacio de Salud, A.C. (ESAC) launched a two and a half year project aimed at providing information and skills to communities so that actors involved on the community level could become self-sufficient in sanitation services and a resource for information, skills and hardware for the region. To increase the impact of this project, ESAC simultaneously worked in several regions of Mexico.

The long-term goals of the project included:

  • promoting life-styles that minimize participants' impact on the environment
  • empowering low-income communities to analyze current environmental and health problems, and propose and implement solutions in resolving waste treatment problems
  • increasing the communities' autonomy through offering a viable alternative in domestic waste treatment, which lowers water consumption and preserves its quality
  • strengthening local economies through demand creation of products and services that can be provided locally

The project goal was to have the involved communities able to continue education, construction, and oversight for new dry toilet projects after ESAC's involvement ended.

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