On the 15 July the Fijian Community-based Sanitation Market (CBSM) was launched at Studio 6 in Suva, the capital of Fiji. The CBSM will work in peri-urban and informal settlements in the Suva-Nausori corridor to provide families with opportunity to purchase affordable and high quality toilets, and other sanitation products and hygiene services. The launch involved all key project stakeholders. Mr Tevita Qionibaravi, President of the CBSM, spoke at the launch. A presentation was also made by the People’s Community Network in Fiji, which is providing support to the CBSM for marketing.
Information booths were available at the launch to provide community members and guests with more information about the toilet products that will be sold through the CBSM.
Pictured below are special guests cutting the celebration cake. From left to right is Mr Tevita Qionibaravi, President of the CBSM; Ms Joanne Choe, Consular Representative of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Mr Kelepi Kubunamece and Mr Samuela Viaviaturaga from the People’s Community Network; and Ms Doris Susau, Country Manager of Live & Learn Fiji.
The launch is the culmination of many months work following detailed market research and business planning in the target communities. The CBSM was registered with the Fijian Registrar of Companies on the 13th of June, 2016. For now the CBSM will operate from the head office of the People’s Community Network, which is located in Samabula.
This activity is part of the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program, which is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) CS-WASH Fund, and implemented by Live & Learn Environmental Education in partnership with The International Water Centre (IWC), and the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA).