Giving Vacuum Truck Operators the Business Skills They Need

by Samira Salifu and Serge Seiba, PSI Côte d’Ivoire “I had a habit of mixing up my personal and business funds,” Adama explains, “…it seemed alright whenever I dipped into my business funds to cater to my personal financial needs.” For 30 years, Adama Ballo has owned a small business that works to empty septic tanks in

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Upcoming Webinar: Developing Markets for Sanitation

There is widespread acknowledgement that sanitation markets must be built and harnessed if we are to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation for all and end open defecation by 2030. However, traditionally, the WASH sector is not experienced in engaging with market sector players. How to understand the market, how to facilitate markets for

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It Takes a Village: How One Toilet Becomes 150,000

By Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI Today is World Water Day. Take a moment to think about all of the ways you use water: to drink, to brush your teeth, to cook. But what if you couldn’t be sure whether the water in your home was safe to use? Check out the story below to

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A New Class of Toilets

By Sophia Greenbaum, Graphic Designer, PSI Sandy Garçon, Manager, External Relations & Communications, PSI “Excuse me. May I use your toilet?” Meseret Workneh takes great joy in hearing this ordinary request. Only five months ago, this twenty-seven-year-old mother of one could barely make ends meet from selling coffee on the side of the road. Now

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How to Transform Sanitation Access for Women and Girls in Vietnam

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, MCSD, PSI In rural Vietnam, 30% of families lack access to sanitation facilities that meet basic hygiene standards. The lack of access to sanitation disproportionately affects women and girls, who face numerous adverse health effects and safety risks as a result. To address this issue, PSI Vietnam, with support from

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Crowning the “Sanitation Queen”: Q&A with Miss Oxnard Latina

How can a beauty queen contribute to the fight for clean drinking water and better sanitation in the developing world? Miss Oxnard Latina, Amanda Rodriguez, wants to use the power of her voice as an advocate for Latinas across the United States to bring attention to PSI’s WASH programs. PSI’s Maria Dieter recently chatted with

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#WorldToiletDay: Empowering Families to Improve Sanitation in India

Sunila Devi lives in Bihar, India. India is a country of 1.3 billion people, half of which don’t have access to a toilet. Without proper sanitation facilities, 600,000 people have no choice but to relieve themselves out in the open. “It was difficult going in the open. Other people keep coming and going,” Sunila says.

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Watch How Unilever is Helping Improve Access to Toilets in Bihar, India

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, PSI Globally, 2.4 billion people do not have access to a toilet, of which nearly 1 billion defecate in the open. As a result, poor sanitation contributes to 1.5 million deaths from diarrheal diseases among children every year. In addition, not having a safe place to defecate puts women and

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Watch How Unilever is Helping Improve Access to Toilets in Bihar, India

By Alena Sims, Communications Associate, PSI Globally, 2.4 billion people do not have access to a toilet, of which nearly 1 billion defecate in the open. As a result, poor sanitation contributes to 1.5 million deaths from diarrheal diseases among children every year. In addition, not having a safe place to defecate puts women and

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The Earth Auger Toilet: A Solution for the Masses?

By: Samira Y Salifu, Knowledge Manager, PSI-Ghana Sub-Saharan Africa remains one of the primary regions with the least improvement in accomplishing the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on sanitation by 2015, with only a 30% coverage and an increase of 4% since 1990. In most parts of the region, open defecation is an easier and cheaper

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Lessons in Sanitation: Facilitating Government Engagement in Ghana

By Kofi Yeboah Communications and Social Media Officer, PSI Ghana A functioning toilet for all. That’s the overarching goal of the PSI and its partners working in sanitation. But the path to getting there is complicated and fraught with obstacles, from a disconnected supply chain for toilet materials to getting local governments to share and reinforce

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More than Toilets: How to Close the Global Sanitation Gap

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