Banza Sanitation

Promoting health and human dignity through improved sanitation


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Hail the Roadmap

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.

Hystra Consulting Firm works with both private and social sector pioneers to design and implement innovative business approaches that are profitable, scalable and eradicate social and environmental problems. www.hystra.com

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.

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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.

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.

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Here, Jessica Joseph meet with Ken and his Banza team who are involved in the actual cleaning and maintaining of the Banza Toilet

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.

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Elizabeth shows Jessica one of our Banza users who had erected a makeshift structure to house the Banza Toilet outside the house

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.

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The visit could not have ended without paying a visit to the Chief of the area

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.

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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.

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.

 

 

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Water for People (Uganda) visits Banza

World toilet day celebrated on 19th November 2013 saw visitors come knocking on Banza’s door.

The visitors from Water for People, an international, non-profit humanitarian Organization that aims to help people in developing countries improve quality of life by supporting development of locally sustainable drinking water resources, sanitation facilities and hygiene education programs, were curious to understand how Banza Toilet works and how it is impacting the community where it is being used.

So Marcline Nyambala, the Regional Communication and Knowledge Management Officer, together with Herbert Mwambu, the Business Development Manager, Uganda, spoke to various stakeholders, especially those on the ground.

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Herbert speaks with Edwin the collection team leader

They interacted with members of the collection teams to get a glimpse of how the model works.

They also took time to interview some end users of the Banza Toilet.

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Claris (a Banza customer) excitedly displays here Banza toilet.

Here, Claris, a Banza Toilet user in Mathare Slum is seen smiling while seated on a Banza Toilet, obviously impressed by how it has simplified her life.

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Claris sits with Herbert and Marcline in her house and explains how the Banza toilet has helped her and her children access safe sanitation at night

She shares her story with the visitors.

With over 8 million people in Kenya lacking access to proper sanitation, Banza Toilet is only too proud to share the stories of those who have benefited from the product and how it has changed their lives, with the hope that scale-up of the project can be achieved to replicate more success stories.


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GLOBAL HAND WASHING DAY (KENYA)

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Global Hand washing day theme ” The power is in your hands”

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Attended by over five thousand students from various primary schools, all congregated at the Makutano Primary School in Mwala, Machakos County

With the intention of promoting good hygiene and sanitation practices, the hand washing day held on 15th October 2013 attracted a huge turn-out of over five thousand students from various primary schools, all congregated at the Makutano Primary School in Mwala, Machakos County.

High ranking public officers in the health sector, as well as various NGO’s in the WASH sector graced the occasion.

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Patrick demonstrates the Banza toilet to the Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary and the Chief Public Health Officer.

Banza was not left behind and had a opportunity to showcase the Banza Toilet to the over 4,000 in attendance.  The response was energizing, with children evidently captivated by the toilet and the grown-ups taken by its practicality.

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Joseph with a host of school children ready to view the Banza toilets

Hand washing is an activity that is closely linked to the use of the toilet to ensure the maintenance of good health practices. So far, the activity is being encouraged especially among children, so that they grow into healthy adults.


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BANZA ATTENDS THE ICC

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Call it an oasis in the middle of a desert. The Sarova Shaba Lodge located in Isiolo was the perfect setting for the Inter-agency Coordinating Committee meeting held from the 26th to the 27th of September 2013.

Call it an oasis in the middle of a desert. The Sarova Shaba Lodge located in Isiolo was the perfect setting for the Inter-agency Coordinating Committee meeting held from the 26th to the 27th of September 2013.

The meeting organised by the Ministry of Health brought together various stakeholders in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors to look at ways of how an additional 20million people in Kenya can have access to basic sanitation by the year 2015.

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Dr. Kepha Ombacho, the Chief Public Health Officer and the guest of honour

Dr. Kepha Ombacho, the Chief Public Health Officer and the guest of honour emphasised on the need to avoid duplication of services as there were many opportunities in the devolved system. He encouraged members to maximise on partnerships and in developing new technologies.

Banza Sanitation was among the few technologies that got an invitation and made its debut in the meeting to showcase how the Banza Toilet would help solve the issue of open defecation and promote ODF zones.

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The response was overwhelming, especially when Patrick sat on the Banza toilet.

And the response was overwhelming, especially when Patrick sat on the Banza toilet. The sleepy audience all over sudden came alive and cameras clicked away.  It was amazing just seeing the reaction on the participants faces, with many of them shooting questions all at once. It had to take the coordinator of the meeting to hush the excited audience and call for order.

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Joseph making a presentation to a packed house of stake holders

Institutions like the Kenya Redcross, World Vision, Path, Amref, among others, took a keen interest in trying to connect how the Banza Toilet would help in addressing their challenges.

The Sarova Hotel Management were also very curious about the Banza Toilet, promising to pursue the partnership further. For them the Banza Toilet would be ideal in outdoor settings especially because the unit is convenient, not bulky, and is comfortable to use.

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We were also able to come across these officers decked with guns. They just loved the feel and look of the toilet wondering how they could get one.

We were also able to come across these officers decked with guns. They just loved the feel and look of the toilet wondering how they could get one.

As the country progresses with the implementation of Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) in rural Kenya, we believe the Banza Toilet will go a long way, once scaled-up, in promoting the attainment of Open defecation Free zones especially in low cost settlements.

Banza Sanitationis honoured to have been recognised by the government as having innovated a viable solution to a persistent problem.

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Over 100 participants at the ICC


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Banza: Kenya’s latest innovation on shit management

You have all heard of the flying toilets of Kibera and the disgust of open defecation in urban Kenya. This has been the subject of discussion for a long time now. Our comedians have time and again cracked their audiences’ ribs depicting them on national television.

Myriad of NGO officials have made a name for themselves out of an event or another talking about the problem.  A community toilet here and another one there have popped up in the informal settlements. Yet the problem of sanitation has persisted and with it a collection of infectious diseases.

But as they say, every cloud has a silver lining. This human poopoo menace is once again in the throes of placing Kenya on the world map in the same way Safaricom’s Mpesa has done courtesy of a unique toilet designed and developed by a Kenyan Industrial Design engineer. Besides being targeted at people living in informal settlements, Banza toilet comes as a big relief to people and organizations caring for persons who require assisted living.

The Banza toilet is a foldable multifunctional unit designed for in-home use in places where sewer systems and proper sanitation methods do not exist. The toilet allows the users to hygienically dispose of human waste in the security and privacy of their homes. Waste is then collected in a compostable bag that can be stored odor-free in the toilet for up to 24 hours.

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“The idea of Banza toilet came about as a result of a conversation I had a couple of years ago with a friend of mine who is a Professor at the University of Nairobi, says Patrick Kiruki, the Chief Executive Officer of Banza Limited. Mr. Kiruki explains that the Professor was involved in an ongoing sanitation research project in Kibera at the time.

The Professor, according to the Banza CEO, was of the opinion that the project was not good enough in addressing the problem of sanitation in Kibera. He felt that there was need for a hardware solution that could help the people in a more holistic way.

“As an industrial Design engineer I thought coming up with hardware would be a great idea,” he says adding that at the time, he thought that conceptualizing the idea was a start.

Mr. Kiruki`s previous experience was in designing phones for name brand manufacturers like Samsung, adding new features here and there. But, he adds, every new design would be exciting but never quite gave him that satisfaction he was craving for. He craved to do something that would help people in a different way by impacting their lives meaningfully.  

“I felt that I had throughout my career only designed consumer products that only affected 10 percent of the world’s population. I wanted to come up with something that would positively impact the lives of the other 90 percent of the worlds’ population.”

Mr. Kiruki followed his passion and completed the first design. He was so excited with it that he submitted it to an international design competition, the index award based in Europe. To his surprise, the design managed to get a nomination but was not among those that finally won the award. This nomination, he says, was to him a big achievement in spite of not getting an award.

But there were to be some dull moments. Buoyed by the nomination, Mr. Kiruki started writing proposals to various organizations for funding to execute the project. At the time, sanitation and a lack of toilets was not seen as a key factor to poor health in the developing world. The tide would later turn. There was suddenly a surge in the number of people looking for projects that would help address sanitation challenges.

Since initiating a pilot project in Mathare, we have received enquiries from people with bed-ridden relatives and dependents. “One person’s inquiry on our Facebook page was about her mother; she is eighty years old and has complications arising from a chronic disease. She cannot stand or cannot walk on her own. We are now informed that there is no one happier than her since she started using the Banza toilet,” notes Mr. Kiruki.

The Banza toilet project which incorporates waste collection services is being piloted in Mathare to test improvements in health and sanitation. An initial batch of twenty households are on the project, but will be scaled up to 90 households in coming weeks. The pilot project will run for six months. A successful project will lead to scaled-up distribution of toilets and waste collection services country wide.

The project has so far received good support from the Ministry of Health, and recently the Technology Working Group (TWG) under the Ministry of Health voted unanimously to adopt and recommend the Banza Toilet System as the countrywide standard and model for personal sanitation.  There was total consensus that this solution represents a remarkable prospect for improving personal hygiene and public health throughout Kenya. Besides this, says Mr. Kiruki, Banza Limited has received requests from Haiti and Germany on possible supply of the Banza toilet system

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Paul Gatero

Managing Editor

Nafuu Magazine


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GRATITUDE: This is the story of my mother

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Elizabeth Nyambura

My name is Elizabeth, I live in Nairobi.

This is the story of my mother, her name is Julia Wangari. My mum is 80 years old. She is a wonderful mother, a loving grandmother and a sweet great grandmother.

We live in Kasarani Mwiki. Over the years mum has been a hardworking lady. She has lived with asthma for a long time and was also known to have high blood pressure. However her life changed drastically when she was diagnosed with diabetes type 2, in the year 2003.she has had ill health all along. This year alone has been hospitalized twice, the last time in June –July. These ailments render her immobile. When she gets sick we are reduced to putting her on diapers. When she gets a little better she is helped to sit on a pail (ndoo) to relieve herself.

This changed when a friend of mine came to visit my mother and she talked of knowing of a kind of toilet that can be used next to the bed. At that time she had no idea where or who to contact. Later I noticed she had posted something about Banza Sanitation on face book that interested me to read.  At first, thought Banza sanitation is company that sells these kinds of toilets. I liked the page and from them I got information on Banza sanitation. I later posted a request to Banza who answered me immediately. They told me that they are having a pilot programme in Mathare slum. They gave me hope though, that they might extend the progamme to the bedridden and invalids in the future. They also asked me to write an e-mail to them indicating my need which I did. Later I got a call from Patrick who wanted me to set a meeting with him at his office.

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Me and my husband at the Banza office

On Friday 6th September, I met Patrick who gave me a toilet kit for my mother.  Me and my family are very happy and excited that now it is easy on us. The toilet is easy to use and also very clean and hygienic. My mother is happy because she feels that someone out there cares. Though sometimes she is losing memory, she expresses her joy in a short interview that we had with her.

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This is my mother admiring her new Banza toilet

I on behalf of my family, thank Banza sanitation for the good and noble work they are doing for the sick and the poor. May god bless you.

By Elizabeth Nyambura


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Great news for Banza Sanitation

The Sanitation Promotion Technology Working Group (TWG) under the Ministry of Health met on September 11th, 2013 and reviewed the Banza Toilet System as presented by Mr. Patrick Kiruki, CEO of Banza Ltd. 

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The TWG voted unanimously to adopt and recommend the Banza Toilet System as the countrywide standard and model for personal sanitation.

The TWG voted unanimously to adopt and recommend the Banza Toilet System as the countrywide standard and model for personal sanitation.  There was a complete consensus that this solution represents a remarkable prospect for improving personal hygiene and public health throughout Kenya.

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Ag. Senior Assistant Chief Public Health Officer seating on the Banza Toilet as he chairs the meeting