A Certified Microflush Maker – Deder
Nasir Jamal is a 25 year old resident of Burka Geba kebele, Deder woreda who has worked in construction as a daily labor hire. He found this work inconsistent and felt the pressure of financial insecurity as a youth in Deder where livelihood options were difficult to come by.
Nasir Jamal had the opportunity to participate in a Microflush training at the Burka Geba school where Nasir had the hands on opportunity to construct 8 Microflush toilets. Through this training Nasir became knowledgeable in the Microflush technology, which is a solution to the rural sanitation issue in Ethiopia through the use of local materials, minimal amounts of water and vermicomposting.
Microflush is a solution to transform the sanitation challenge in rural Ethiopia into a long-lasting solution and means for new livelihoods. The Global Sustainable Aid Project (GSAP) participates in USAID’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) funded five year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) led by Catholic Relief Services/Ethiopia (CRS) – a program that seeks to improve and sustain food, nutrition and livelihoods security.
Nasir found the Microflush technology as a “good, new opportunity to learn about using the local materials to construct a toilet and it is easier to construct than even a pit latrine.”
Recently, Nasir reached the point of being certified as a Microflush Maker, meaning he has built three Microflush toilets which meet quality standards and he became ready to start his own business. Following the certification Nasir is constructing a Microflush toilet in his home and has begun gathering clients for his new Microflush business.
Nasir claimed that finding clients was easy. “It is a good business opportunity because it is easy to promote since the clients have never seen anything like it so the demand is high,” Nasir said. Community members have come to visit the high-profile toilet and through the use of marketing materials the news of Microflush has spread.
He already has a list of 20 clients, half of which are ready to make an initial deposit now, and a few who are ready and willing to pay the whole price up front. “The community members think the price is fair, others who cannot afford the full price will gather materials themselves and I will build the toilet for them,” Nasir explained. Nasir will use PSPs in his community to assist him in marketing for sanitation and selling toilets. The PSP will get a commission for toilets they sell, and Nasir expects to make around $25USD profit, or 20% of the estimated price of the toilet. The PSP will also help link Makers to a SILC group, where the average loan size is almost equal to the cost of a toilet.
Nasir will begin building toilets for his clients at the end of January, getting materials from his local Agro-dealer who is not far from his client base. He expects that as some community members have toilets in their homes that the demand will only grow. “I want to see a Microflush toilet in every home here,” Nasir excitedly quipped.