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Client: 
GWW FDW, Ghana Wash Window, Dutch Governement
Project start: 
April-2014
Project end: 
December-2017

Business Model for Sanitation, Bio Fertilisers and Energy (SAFI SANA) in Ghana

This project aims to improve hygiene, health and quality of life for urban slum communities through a demonstrated and replicable business model for improved sanitation services, waste management and re-use.

What we do

WASTE is implementing the Ghana project, “Decentralised Business Model for Sanitation, Bio fertiliser and Energy". The purpose of the project is to catalyse improved hygiene, health and quality of life for urban slum communities in Ashaiman through a demonstrated and replicable business model for improved sanitation services, waste management and re-use. This project is being executed by 8 partners: four from Ghana and four from The Netherlands, with funding from the Ghana WASH Window (Sustainable Water Fund) (GWW-FDW) and The Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

How we do it

The business case of this project is based on the ‘closing the loop’ philosophy in the Sanitation Value Chain. It is built on two pillars. On one hand the WASH model is used with controlled sourcing of liquid waste by establishing a certified Toilet Services Network (TSN) with improved toilet management and liquid waste collection. This is combined with controlled solid waste collection in a Solid Waste collection Network (SWN), and the Waste Re-use model. On the other hand waste treatment is realised and production and sale of the end-products (bio-fertiliser) to farmers and delivery of green electricity to the grid is encouraged. Moreover, the project contains strong elements of knowledge building and dissemination, capacity building, training and hygiene awareness creation. This includes the establishment of a Knowledge Centre for sanitation and re-use with enabling environment impacts on toilet operators, waste collectors and transporters, the slum population, farmers, and local and national government.

The partners

  • Safi Sana Holding BV
  • The Netherlands Ashaiman Municipal Assembly
  • Ghana Safi Sana Ghana Ltd.
  • Ghana Hasal Babs Enterprise
  • Accra International Fertiliser Development Centre
  • Ghana HaskoningDHV Nederland BV, The Netherlands
  • WASTE, The Netherlands
  • Wereld Waternet, The Netherlands