Lessons Learned:

Technology Selection and Financing

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?

  • Construction costs versus affordability must be considered seriously before implementing a project.

  • Design options should be considered with the families, enabling them to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of these options. Some are considered to be not as good (i.e., as "environmentally correct", and especially as "modern") but after analyzing the options, they may be recognized as an improvement from the present situation, as well as a less expensive place to start.

  • Small subsidies (for example, materials for building the toilet seat) can go a long way when provided as an incentive AFTER the toilet structure is built or the family provides something. It is important to clearly define these incentives as well as requirements to access them.
    One local organization provided subsidies and established mechanisms for ensuring progress. For example, five toilets were built at a time with subsidized building materials. Only after a group of five were built and properly in use, were materials released for the others. Thus the families are pressured by their larger community to meet their target.
  • Subsidies and family financing could also be combined with a revolving loan fund, handled by the local organizations, as they generally have experience in this area and can determine reasonable commitments with the participants.

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