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Practical guide for building a simple pit latrine

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GWI helped build appropriate, strong, low-cost latrines. This illustrated manual is aimed at community sanitation mobilisers and villagers already motivated to build their own latrines, and it is best used alongside CLTS. It sets out the guiding principles that should be taken in to account with latrine construction and maintenance, such as factors to consider when deciding where to site a latrine. As well as practical advice, the guide contains characters, dialogue and illustrations to bring the content to life. It is not prescriptive however, rather leaving room for individuality and encouraging ingenuity. We conclude that the simple pit latrine offers the way forward to achieve sustainable sanitation, both for community health and dignity, and for the long-term re-use of decomposed waste.