Stanford University Researchers Overwhelmed by the Demand for Their New Toilet Model
Written by our friends at re.source – a start-up team based out of Stanford University, funded by a Grand Challenges Explorations Phase 1 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The re.source team is partnering with SOIL to help design an improved household EcoSan toilet and a social business model for providing household sanitation in urban slums. Article originally posted on resourcesanitation.com.
We’ve been working hard to tweak our toilet design in response to many insights we’ve gotten from our beta-test families in Shada. After a few more iterations, out comes a new design!
While delivering these models a few days back, we were mobbed by people who were excited about the toilets. Everyone who saw our newest toilet model proclaimed that they wanted one installed in their home.
Given how little space people have in their homes here, we were gratified (and a little bit daunted) by this overwhelming interest. The demand for a functioning and aesthetically pleasing toilet is massive here. An older man spent several minutes explaining to us how he uses a plastic bag for a toilet, and throws it in the river. He kept insisting that this was an undignified situation and that he desperately wanted a good toilet. He even suggested that we could go install one of our test models in his home right away. It’s abundantly clear that people want sanitation here. All that’s missing is for someone to deliver stylish, effective toilet service at a price that people can afford. Stay tuned.