Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

With funding from the Gates Foundation, we set up the SanMark CITY project.

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With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ICCO Cooperation set up the SanMark CITY project to offer sustainable, affordable sanitation technologies to the residents of the urban slums of Dhaka. In a recent survey, the Government of Bangladesh noted that only 20% of urban slum residents of Dhaka, have access to a hygienic toilet. A solution is desperately needed.

Between 2013 and 2016, our project tested four on-site toilet technologies: the Tiger Toilet, Sun-Mar, Enbiolet and the Biofil Toilet to find the ‘perfect’ toilet for the slum’s residents. Through a third party evaluation, the most technically and environmentally sound toilet has been identified: the Biofil Toilet. Biofil Toilet emerged as the most commercially viable technology for the urban slums of Bangladesh. It fulfilled all the required parameters to be considered for large scale commercialization, and presented relatively minimal challenges in terms of large scale production, distribution and marketing.

Project details

Time: 2014 -2015 (3 years)
Title: SanMark CITY, Environment-friendly toilets for Bangladesh
Funding Amount: USD 699,587
Status: Completed
Implementing Partners: International Development Enterprises iDE and Dushtha Shasthya Kendra (DSK)

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