Implementing 50 ecological toilet systems in Sucre, Bolivia


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The community of Juchuy Barranca in Sucre, Bolivia, recently inaugurated the implementation of ecological dry sanitation systems as part of the Decentralised Sustainable Sanitation Project funded by the Swedish Embassy and conducted by SNV.

The project supports the Municipal Government of Sucre in providing basic sanitation (ecological toilets) to suburban populations and will benefit 50 families. The event marked a key milestone: the successful implementation of dry ecological health systems due to a management model that initiated a multi-stakeholder platform consisting of the Municipality of Sucre, Ciudad Blanca Women's Association, the University of San Francisco Javier, Sumaj Huasi Foundation, Juchuy Barranca community and SNV. This is an unprecedented experience that can form the basis for future replication and scalability in the country. The inauguration was attended by the First Secretary of the Swedish Embassy, Thomas Alveteg, the Secretary of Planning from Sucre municipality, the SNV Bolivia country director, Julio Garrett Kent and the SNV Water and Sanitation leader, Liliana Gonzales Alé. 

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To implement this project, an association model of inter-agency management was used. Each partner was assigned a specific role in ensuring the sustainability of the systems: from generating demand of sanitation systems to construction, operation and faecal sludge management (with reuse of waste in agricultural activities).

The funds from the Swedish Embassy facilitate the hiring of technical staff for planning, management and project development, a subsidy for the beneficiary families as well as the development of a social strategy, the construction of a compost area and the treatment and implementation of an Organic Waste Collection Unit at the municipality level.