Bio Latrines in Kenyan Slums

Marlies sends us a bunch of pictures and an interesting story on how bio gas toilets in Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya are being used:

Just the other day on a visit to Kibera Slum I came across this interesting bio gas latrine which is being set up for Kibera people as a response to lacking community toilets. The sanitation situation in Kibera is really really poor! There are a couple of community toilets which where set up after the shooting of the Constant Gardener but only a few years later these are in bad shape! Again, they cost 3/= per visit which is really above of what a typical Kibera inhabitant can afford. Just sum up what it will cost for 5 visits per day for a family of five! So the bio gas latrine is a really good option, since it will generate a little income to make the toilets free of charge.

Here are some pictures:

Kibera bio gas
Kibera Bio Gas Building
Kibera Bio Gas 2 has a great writeup on how these work.

[NOTE: If you have any images, stories or reports you’d like others to know about, you can contact us through the AfriGadget contact form. – Thanks Marlies!]

New images! (July 17, 2007). Thanks to Christian Rieck and Marlies:

Bio Latrine - Kibera

Bio Latrine Tower

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  11. Excellent – I’ve been looking for info on biodigesters using human waste. It’s such a huge resource that should be treated as an opportunity, not as a problem.

    I’d love to know more so I can add it to the resource at Appropedia – or even better, have the people involved in it add it directly to Appropedia’s sanitation page (or make a new page).

    How is this design for cost-effectiveness? Is it subsidized? Whose initiative was it?

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  14. Biogas latrines are nice, but pls also have a look at this PDF I received through the ecosan mailing list the other day:

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  16. I want to build biogas digester at home , in order to build the digester, i need to have the drawing. If you have the drawing of old model type digester, I
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  17. The Kenyan Newspaper “The Standard” today mentioned this Biogas latrine in Kibera in an interesting article.

    While it certainly is an improvement, the system still isn’t 100% sustainable as there’s no real concept for the digested sludge.

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