The Wash and Grow! project (2021-2023) builds ecological dry toilets and trains women and communities about hygiene and entrepreneurship in rural south-east Kenya. The project promotes the rights of communities to clean water, sanitation and livelihood with a special focus on girls and women.
The work is carried out in cooperation with 26 local women’s self-help groups. Each group chooses a sanitation ambassador. The ambassadors and group members are trained in the benefits of sanitation, the usage of ecological fertilizer, soap-making and menstrual hygiene.
An ecological dry toilet is constructed at the home of each ambassador, and it serves as an example toilet for the community. The construction costs are shared between the project and the ambassadors. The price of the dry toilets is equivalent to pit latrines commonly used in the area, making them reasonably affordable for local communities.
The ambassadors and construction workers get training in entrepreneurship, for example soap selling, and construction of dry toilets.