Toilets built from components purchased from hardware shops can be very expensive for families to purchase. TopWan community-based sanitation enterprise in Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, used one of their construction training sessions to develop Ventilated Improved Pit Toilet components that use local natural materials.
Bamboo is woven together to make a toilet building, with bamboo poles nailed together for the roof. A demonstration toilet seat riser has been shaped from timber, and a timber seat and lid. The timber is water-proofed and sealed with a special paint, so that the seat riser is easy to keep clean. As a special extra a hand-washing basin was carved from timber, featuring carved dolphins.
Additional sessions of sales training have been conducted with the TopWan sanitation enterprise staff. Currently there are three branches of TopWan operational in Kavieng. One of the branches is based in the Kavieng Correctional Institute. Inmates recently received sales training, and are reportedly the best-selling team!
The TopWan community-based sanitation enterprise has been established in Kavieng in New Ireland by Live & Learn PNG, with the support of DFAT through the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation Program funded through the Civil Society WASH Fund.