Provide access to clean, affordable water and dignified sanitation
South Africa’s water and sanitation challenges are not an easy fix. Rural settlements are located far from existing infrastructure – water is scarce in many areas and municipal services are hamstrung. Addressing these issues requires a new way of thinking - applying entrepreneurial solutions to what is traditionally a public sector problem.
Communities Operating in this Sector
Siga Village (North West) – Sanitation Program
Most rural South Africans live without access to basic sanitation and proper hygiene. In Siga, home to the Bakwena Ba Maaka Traditional Community, community members have always relied on pit toilets – often called long drops – whether they are at home, at school or visiting the local clinic. These toilets often lack proper hygiene, fail to provide privacy and security, and are affront to the dignity of rural people.
The sanitation challenge in Siga is a solvable problem. Advancements in dry sanitation have delivered alternatives that are both affordable and sustainable. In Siga, one alternative – the EnviroLoo – was installed at 14 homes, the BBM Traditional Office and the Clinic. This pilot project demonstrated the viability of dry-sanitation in rural areas and the impact on rural lives. The community is now seeking funds to install an EnviroLoo at every home – improving hygiene, restoring dignity, and creating economic opportunities for community members.