Today is a big day for two sanitation enterprises in Blacksand and Erakor Half Road because it is the launch of the TopWan Sanitation brand in Port Vila. TopWan branded toilet and sanitation products are produced, installed and sold by by Tuburah Sanitation Enterprise, and by SAMAPETA Sanitation Enterprise. To celebrate the launch, a special edition of TopWan branded Toilet Paper has been produced.
The TopWan brand was launched by the Minister of Health, Honorable Jerome Ludvaune, and Australian High Commission Senior Program Manager Patrick Haines. Pictured above is Mr Patrick Haines revealing the TopWan logo together with the two women leaders of the sanitation enterprises. The launch is an outcome of a project implemented by Live & Learn Environmental Education Vanuatu called the Westen Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program. This is a project funded by the Australian government through the CS WASH Fund to help improve sanitation and hygiene practices in peri urban areas in Port Vila. In his speech Honorable Jerome Ludvaune said that the Ministry is quite fortunate to be part of the event and to officially launch TopWan Brand. He mentioned that this is the first time in Vanuatu a community-based sanitation enterprise is established and will be the first locally owned sanitation enterprise. He is grateful to Live & Learn and DFAT in implementing this project in Shefa Province.
Tuburah and SAMAPETA sanitation enterprises operate Sanitation Parks in two areas in Port Vila for families interested in learning more about the types of TopWan toilet products available. The two community-based sanitation enterprise have been marketing in their community through talking about the products that they sell. One of the products that has caught the attention of many community members are portable toilets. Many families are interested in buying a portable toilets as this makes it easier for family members living with some form of disability to have access to sanitation. The TopWan portable toilet is easy to use and clean, and and takes a huge burden from caregivers.