Kumasi sanitation solution

Kumasi Sanitation Solution

Moshie Zongo is a low-income suburb in Kumasi, Ghana with a population of 22,403 inhabitants. Most of them have limited access to private toilets in their households. Public toilets are expensive and not open 24 hours a day. Open defecation poses a health risk and damages human dignity, specially for women and young girls. Recognizing the gravity of this issue, the Mayor of Kumasi took a stand and decided to take action. This is what the city is doing to address this challenging problem.

IMPROVING SANITATION

 

The city of Kumasi is promoting a sustainable financing scheme to build toilets in private homes by offering interest free loan to residents to finance the construction of facilities and be able to pay back in 12 months. The system is generating a revolving fund that will be sustainable in time, as residents pay back their loans, the money is used to support further loans for other neighbours. 

 

The city also works with young artisans to build locally design toilets and organizers the supply and demmand of services to ensure that private homes in Moshie Zongo have access to private toilets.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

THE KUMASI SANITATION SOLUTION

When a household is interested in building a toilet for their home, they register at the project office located in proximity of the community, within the  Moshie Zongo area. The project staff makes a site inspection to produce an assessment of the house needs, including space measurement, design and engineering. Residents are then provide with a proposed toilet design adapt to their needs, accompanied by a financial proposal that includes the costs for materials and  the young artisans, trained by the municipality, that will build the facility. The project then liaise with the bank to provide the interest free loan that will be able to fund the construction. Residents will be responsible to pay back in 12 months. The returns will be further reuse to offer loans to the next group of project beneficiaries.

INNOVATION IN ACTION

The municipality is setting up a revolving fund to help residents to build toilets in their homes. Beneficiaries receive a loan without the need to make any upfront payment. They have 12 months to pay back through daily or weekly payments. When the loans are repaid, more residents can benefit from the same scheme, which ensures their sustainability through time. 

PROJECT
Outcomes:

01

RESTORING DIGNITY TO THE COMMUNITY

Private toilets are safer and accessible to community members at any time. 

02

NEW SKILLS FOR THE YOUNG

Unemployed youths receive training skills to build the toilets, creating livelihood opportunities.

03

hygienIC FACILITIES

A clean and hygienic facility minimizes health risks

04

Financial Inclusion

Residents are able to afford the cost of building toilets in their homes