Creating a Market for Better Sanitation Services in Abidjan

By Krisila Benson In Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city, an estimated 720,000 have poor quality septic tanks that overflow at least twice per year, exposing residents to dangerous pathogens that cause a variety of diseases. Moreover, when a septic tank reaches its capacity, the connected toilets can no longer be used, thus forcing residents to

Read More

PSI Celebrates World Water Week

In honor of this year’s World Water Week (August 27-September 1), PSI joins experts, practitioners, policymakers, business innovators and young professionals from all over the world in Stockholm, Sweden, to discuss the most pressing water-related challenges of today. If you’re at #WWWeek Conference, join PSI and partner organizations Dasra and iDE for an informative side

Read More

The Neighborhood Toilet Champion

By Annie Davies, Chief of Staff, PSI “The waste water was always coming out of my compound and into the street!” exclaims Monsieur Theodore Danho, a landlord in the crowded capital city of Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire.  Danho was frustrated. Like most compounds in Abidjan, Danho’s tenants live in separate family units but share certain facilities,

Read More

Webinar: Developing Markets for Sanitation

PSI recently participated in a webinar, alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), focused on developing markets for sanitation products and services. Drawing largely from PSI’s Supporting Sustainable Sanitation Improvement (3SI) project in Bihar, India, participants discussed how to properly analyze and understand the sanitation market, how to prioritize areas for intervention, and how

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

#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.

Read More

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

Read More