We want to help people stop open defecation forever. When people are convinced of the benefits of this approach, they will build their own latrines, using traditional designs, which is the initial rung of the “sanitation ladder”. In some cases these are known to collapse, causing unease about the safety of the self-build approach. We therefore developed and promoted an illustrated guide and a participatory method to provide technical assistance for the design, self-construction, operation and hygienic maintenance of affordable and safe household latrines. This is designed to be used in conjunction with the CLTS approach.
The guide presents the guiding principles to take into account, although we also leave much room for individuality, and actively encourage ingenuity. Our photo gallery shows examples of latrines that were built using this guide. The simple pit latrine offers a positive outlook for a sustainable future of community-led total sanitation.
The resources listed below illustrate our promotion of safe affordable designs for self-construction latrines.