A human-centered approach to sanitation in Ghana


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About the project Edit

Ghanasan is a low-cost, human-centered sanitation pilot project in the city of Kumasi, Ghana. It is an initiative launched by, Unilever, and Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.

The Ghanasan sanitation system is domestic cartridge-type toilet service. It is a cheap and cleaner alternative to public latrines.

Local operators provide waste collection services. The collected waste is then transferred to facilities where it is transformed into energy or fertilizer and sold.

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What is the social value of this project? Edit

Ghanasan provides a low-cost and environmentally-friendly alternative to low-income communities that would normally use public latrines or open-air sewers.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

lack of sanitatised facilities

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The Ghanasan project forms a self sufficient cycle. Income generated by the sold fertilizer and energy is reinvested in the sanitation services.

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