Caritas Luxembourg has together with Caritas Goma ordered Peepoo products for a two-year project, with the aim to implement the Peepoo sanitation system in the Birere slum area in Goma, The Democratic Republic of Congo. The overall objective of the project is to improve the health and safety of the population in Goma, through improving access to hygienic and safe sanitation. The specific objectives are to introduce the Peepoo sanitation system and BoP business model in Goma and start a health and hygiene campaign together with hospitals and health care centres, as well as to introduce the Peepoo fertiliser and prepare for a large-scale Peepoo project.
Hedwig Maria Dingler, International Cooperation/Head of Project Management, at Caritas Luxembourg initiated the collaboration with Peepoople in 2013 and she says:
“We believe that Peepoo is very applicable for the population in Goma. They have a vast problem with water supply and cholera outbreaks are very common. The poor people generally take their drinking water from small rivers or from the lake. It is also very difficult to dig for latrines in Goma. In the neighbourhood of Birere, where we are now launching the Peepoo sanitation system, you have lava stones in the ground, so you would need big machines to build canalisation. Since the used Peepoos will be used as fertiliser, growing food crops and fruit trees, we also believe that the project will be able to help tackle the issue of malnutrition in the area.
As we are now introducing an individual solution to one of the very basic needs, I believe we can improve the health and security of the population in Birere significantly.”