Creating Opportunities through Sanitation Crisis

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Creating Opportunities through Sanitation Crisis: Creating Opportunities to Build Wealth and Nutrition Through Sanitation Crisis

Lusaka, ZambiaZambia
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Cleanway provides an integrated sanitation solution by providing clean sanitary facilities operated by agents in townships with hand-washing facilities and collect waste which is turned into safe organic fertilizers used to grow crops thus preventing diseases and contamination of the environment.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if townships lacking sanitation facilities had afforadable toilets in their areas which they use and that waste is collected to be turned into safe organic waste to grow crops? Further get rid of water borne diseases
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation of which 1 billion people practice open defecation and WHO has estimated that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking-water that is faecally contaminated. Inadequate drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene are estimated to cause 842 000 diarrhoeal disease deaths per year WHO 2014, and 1,553 children die every day from diarrhoea, spread through poor sanitation and hygiene.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Cleanway constructs high quality, affordable and easy to use sanitation facilities which are installed in slums and operated by agents. Cleanway daily picks and transports the waste for processing into organic fertilizer according to WHO Safety guidelines. The fertilizer is then sold to small scale farmers to grow crops at a very affordable price then inorganic fertilizers.


Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Cleanway provides cost effective and water borne toilets in slums were pit latrines are causing diseases through rain water floods and open defection brings human waste near doorsteps. Cleanway with its innovation builds high quality affordable sanitation facilities within slums. Cleanway recruits a local agent with special focus on women empowerment. The agent is instructed on how to operate the sanitation facility, book keeping and mobile money banking. They are given the facility to operate on a rent as you own basis were they pay for owing the facility slowing. Agents charge a very small fee for residents to use the facility which earns them money . Cleanway collects the waste tanks to process in organic fertilizer using WHO guideline.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

According to World Health Organization, It is estimated that every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates $4 in increased economic opportunity. Universal access to water and sanitation would result in an estimated $32 billion in economic benefits per year globally from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness. The impact of this initiative, universal access to water and sanitation will economically benefit an estimate of $22 billion in Africa and women will benefit increased access. The project is able to save in sub-Saharan Africa up to 4 hours per day on sanitation activities increasing women agricultural farm yields by 20-30%. The project was piloted successfully and it will economically benefit 25,000 women with 2,300 agents over 7 years earning about $10 a day.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The project wants be opening new agent facilities and will cover 150,000 people in slums of Lusaka over ten years. The model will be replicated throughout the country to help solve Zambia's and sub-Sahara Africa sanitation challenges. It will work with government both local and central as well as international organizations.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The sustainability of the initiative lies in its model ability to generate revenue. The initiative employs a dual revenue model were the residents in slums will be paying a small fee to use the sanitation facility. Secondly, Cleanway will be collecting the waste generate daily at the sanitation point and process it into organic fertiliser. This fertiliser will be sold to both small scale farmers and individuals to grow plants and crops.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There is no one addressing the problem in the slums and its a unique business model on the market.

Founding Story

I worked in slums of Lusaka for some years. As I traveled I saw human waste along the roads and dug out of residents back yards by the dogs. During the rain season there were a lot of water borne diseases centers setup to treat the patients. Its bothered me because people could not work because they were sick and women were always carrying patients to the hospitals consuming their productive time. I started researching and looking for sustainable ways of helping the communities and how the solution will long lasting. I development this concept combined with other ideas I came across and tested the model which worked exceptionally well.


Kasonde Chomba (Zambian): Kasonde is a graduate of Management Studies from University of Zambia with 9 years solid work experience in customer relationship management, finance, human resources, administration, marketing and sales. Suzyo Mwandila (Zambian): Suzyo has over 15 year’s solid experience in Operations, Customer Care and General Management. Suzyo has solid skills in operations management and strategy formulation. Lengwe Kasonde (Zambian): he has 5 years community awareness with solid experience in working with grass root community people. He has a diploma in Infections prevention and control.