Lixil Global Sanitation Products for bottom-of-the-pyramid sanitation improvement

2016 - 2021 • Lixil


To accelerate access to and increase use of affordable sanitary products for rural and peri-urban communities across ten target countries


Preventing the transmission of disease and odors, and reducing open defecation
Having to defecate in the open, into a pit or over a pit latrine, exposes millions of people to odors and disease. To combat this problem, LIXIL has developed the SATO (Safe Toilet) series of products, the first model created with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and launched in Bangladesh in 2013.

Users pour in less than 500 milliliters of water to flush away waste, after which an airtight, counterweighted trap door quickly seals to block smells and flying insects. SATO products are safe for children, easy to clean and affordable. Each one is designed to suit the needs and preferences of users in different regions. Already more than 1 million are in place around the world, improving the lives of 5 million people.


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- To accelerate access to and increase use of affordable sanitary products for rural and peri-urban communities across ten target countries by enabling an additional 11 million people to obtain improved sanitation products by the end of 2020
- To support the acceleration of a new business unit within Lixil Corporation to expand the American Standard Brand 'SaTo' sanitation product line to reach low-income people in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa with extremely affordable, desirable sanitary wares.

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Asia & Pacific Bangladesh Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Ethiopia Global India Kenya Market development Nigeria Other Peri-urban Practitioners Private sector, including social enterprises Product design and engineering Rural Rwanda South Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Toilets or urinals (user interface) Uganda Viet nam


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