Blockmakers at a workshop making blocks and sanitation products.
Photo credit: James Winter, USAID
Improving household access to safe latrines is crucial, especially in areas like Avrankou, Benin, where open defecation rates are alarmingly high, and individuals often have to travel long distances to find a toilet.
To address this issue, USAID is implementing the West Africa Municipal Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (MuniWASH) Activity. As part of this initiative, USAID is training local entrepreneurs on how to build, promote, and install latrines. The training includes not only technical guidance on latrine construction but also workshops on marketing strategies, attracting customers, and maintaining business records. This approach aims to increase the availability of high-quality latrines in communities while providing income opportunities for local small businesses.
Toussaint, sanitation micro-entrepreneur, and Jules Hountondji, WASH Lead for USAID/Benin.…