With only one month left in the DFAT-funded Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation project the sanitation enterprises are demonstrating their independence through continuing to sell toilets.
In Port Vila, Vanuatu SAMAPETA and Taburah sanitation enterprises are constructing different types of toilets for customers in Blacksand and Erakor Half Road communities, ranging from Ventilated Improved Pit latrines to fully plumbed stand-alone bathrooms. Customers are paying upfront or through fortnightly instalments and are very satisfied with the quality of construction. The two sanitation enterprises in Vanuatu have benefited from 12 months of construction training through the support of a volunteer from Engineers Without Borders Australia and New Zealand.
In Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, the Dagi and Sarakolok sanitation enterprises have sold VIP toilets and bathrooms that include shower and handwashing basin. They continue to make sales through their shop front. In neighbouring New Ireland Province the TopWan sanitation enterprise franchise groups continue to sell VIP slabs and risers to customers, filling over 100 orders.
Each of the sanitation enterprises is now collaborating with Live & Learn and International Water Centre on capturing lessons learned and future plans for final reporting to DFAT. The sanitation enterprises are also working with Live & Learn on future partnerships in addition to maintaining their business plans after the current project concludes.
The Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing & Innovation project is funded by the Australian government through the Civil Society WASH Fund. Sanitation Marketing activities were implemented in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.