Since Banza Sanitation started rolling out its pilot phase in Mathare informal settlement and the hopes for a scale-up in the offing, the project has generated its own share of interest, both locally and abroad.
The latest is the visit by Jessica Graf who is a Consultant with Hystra Consulting Firm Paris France.
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The Firm is currently involved in a new project aimed at documenting some innovative enterprises in sanitation around the world.
In this regard, Banza Sanitation was chosen as one of the few case studies to form part of the roadmap in offering sanitation solutions around the world.
So getting down to work, Jessica embarked on her fact finding mission. She met with our Banza representative and partner Joseph of Community Cleaning Services and Joy our Principal Investigator to understand how the Banza model works.
After that, a field trip to Mathare Informal settlement was inevitable.
Here, she met Ken and his Banza team who are involved in the actual cleaning and maintaining of the Banza Toilet.
She also had a chance to talk to various end users of the Banza Toilet.
In this instance, we found one user who had even erected a makeshift structure to house the Banza Toilet outside the house.
The visit could not have ended without paying a visit to the Chief of the area,
who also happens to be a pioneer customer of the Banza Unit and a champion for sanitation.
Here, the community health workers who were also present in the Chief’s office, talked highly of the Banza Toilet and how they hope the scale-up will be a reality, in order to impact more lives in the community and eradicate open defecation.
Banza is greatly honored and humbled to be part of this noble venture in ensuring that more people who lack access to proper sanitation are reached.
The case studies and recommendations from this project will be made available through a public report sponsored by among others, multinational corporations interested spearheading the issue of sanitation.