Sanitation As A Business is a program that seeks to achieve sustainable excreta management in Low Income Areas through catalysing businesses.
Sanitation Technical Training Held - 14/12/2011
A three day technical training in sanitation was held at Casa Mia in Blantyre from 12th to 14th December 2011. The training was conducted by Steve Sugden, Senior Manager for Sanitation, Water for People. It brought together delegates from TEECs, Water for People Malawi office and representatives from the six companies that have been earmarked to start sanitation businesses in Blantyre City.
The training was very exciting, interactive and educative. The training covered several areas including “sustainable sanitation, sanitation as a system, approaches in sanitation (including case studies), sanitation promotion and marketing, ecological sanitation, health, policy and the poor, new technologies in sanitation, the MDG and urban sanitation and finally urban sanitation – emptying and disposal including business models.” The training included field work which included interaction with communities served with sanitation services.
Speaking on behalf of the entrepreneurs, Chimwemwe Mtuwa of Runock Investments said that the training was an eye opener on what is happening on the international scene regarding sanitation and that it will go a long way as the entrepreneurs embark on long successful journey in sanitation business. Chimwemwe paid tribute to the trainer for his impeccable training skills which made everyone attentive and participative during the entire three days. Louis Jalakasi II, representing TEECS, said the training came at the opportune time when the entrepreneurs were in the early stages of developing their business plans. The knowledge, so gained, will be invaluable and will play a pivotal role in the business plans, Jalakasi concluded.