Sanitation Product Development for Sub-Saharan Africa - Development of affordable, aspirational latrine products for markets in Sub-Saharan Africa (SaTo)

2013 - 2015 • American Standard Brands


Commercialization of one or more products that facilitate the construction of hygienic rural latrines.


In early 2013, American Standard launched the SaTo® latrine pan in Bangladesh: a simple, plastic, pour-flush pan that provides an air-tight seal, keeping odors in and insects out of the pit. The scarcity of water and relative expense of concrete limits the application of the SaTo® pan across many areas of rural Sub-Saharan Africa, and a new product concept that better meets these specific market needs would have greater acceptance and impact. Advanced design / product development methodologies and tools will be used to gain a deep understanding of the market needs and create an affordable yet aspirational product concept. The concept or concepts will be evaluated through focus groups and field trials, and the most promising candidate or candidates will be considered for commercialization.

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Commercialization of one or more products that facilitate the construction of hygienic rural latrines.

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Research or implementation partners: Water for People, iDE - Zambia, UNICEF- Kenya

A follow-up project is called "Lixil Global Sanitation Products for bottom-of-the-pyramid sanitation improvement"

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Asia & Pacific Bangladesh Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Kenya North America Other Peri-urban Practitioners Private sector, including social enterprises Product design and engineering Sub-Saharan Africa Toilets or urinals (user interface) Uganda United States Zambia


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