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First toilets sold with launch of community-based sanitation enterprises

Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea have launched their pilot enterprises and the first toilets have been sold as part of the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program.
First toilets sold with launch of community-based sanitation enterprises

CBSEs launch through Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program (photos courtesy of Live & Learn)

Our partner Live and Learn Environmental Education and its teams in Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea have celebrated the launch of a number of pilot community-based sanitation enterprises (CBSEs) and the sale of the first toilets in Kavieng, Papua New Guinea.

Sanitation enterprise launch in Vanuatu

The first two pilot community-based sanitation enterprises were launched in Vanuatu last week at an event that featured guest speakers from the Vanuatu Government Department of Public Health, and representatives from the Vanuatu Department of Cooperatives. Representatives from local organisations, community members and Paramount Chiefs were also in attendance.
The enterprises are now turning their focus on the opening of the community sanitation parks and their first toilet sales. Read more here.

Kulangit CBSE maintains momentum on toilet sales

In Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, the Kulangit Community-based Sanitation Enterprise, launched in June, has maintained momentum with the sale of toilets in the community. The enterprise is currently constructing two Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines with six more scheduled to begin in the next few weeks.
Read more on the Kulangit Enterprise here.

Fijian community-based sanitation market launched

In July the Fijian Community-based Sanitation Market (CBSM) was launched in Suva. The launch involved key project stakeholders, and a speech from Mr Tevita Qionibaravi, CBSM President, and presentation from the People’s Community Network, who are providing marketing support to the CBSM.
The enterprise will work in peri-urban and informal settlements in the Suva-Nausori corridor to provide families with the opportunity to purchase affordable and high-quality toilets, as well as other sanitation and hygiene products and services. Read further details on the launch.

Enterprise progress in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea

In the Solomon Islands the two pilot communities Henderson and Namoliki are making progress on establishing their enterprises. Enterprise members have completed toilet construction training in Henderson and Namoliki has built its first Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrine.
In Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, the communities of Saraklock and Dagi have formed leadership committees and are working with Live and Learn staff, with support from the International WaterCentre, to complete a market analysis as a first step to developing their sanitation marketing business plans.

Read more on the Solomon Island and Kimbe enterprises here.

More information

Find out more about the Western Pacific Sanitation Market and Innovation Project and our partnership with Live and Learn through our applied research projects. Or contact our capacity development and applied research team, 

T +61 7 3014 0200

To keep up to date with the Western Pacific Sanitation Marketing and Innovation Program and follow updates from our Partner Live and Learn, subscribe to their blog - The Business.


Our partnership with Live and Learn Environmental Education is part of the Civil Society WASH Fund, an Australian aid program initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This project is delivered in collaboration with Live and Learn Australia as well as the Australian Women’s Development Agency.

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