Through Hygiene And Toilets
In Peru, not everyone can afford proper sanitation equipment like a toilet. However, Isabel Medem is making that a reality by creating affordable toilets through her social enterprise, X-Runner.
Water scarcity and cost are two key barriers to have proper sanitation facilities in Latin America. However, bright young minds like Isabel Medem are making affordable sanitation a reality for potentially 72 million residents in South America.
Isabel Medem is the co-founder of X-Runner. Households pay a small monthly fee in exchange for being part of x-runner’s mobile toilet system. X-runner’s toilet uses urine diversion technology and is, thus, dry: instead of using water, which is scarce in some regions, it uses sawdust. X-runner’s weekly waste pick-up service removes the feces from the home and transports them to a treatment facility where her team processes the waste into nutrient-rich compost. Isabel proves to us that even in poor conditions we can make sustainable choices.
Isabel’s trial runs with the program has been a roaring success with 93% of the participants staying with the company as paying customers, currently serving more than 115 households, therefore more than 500 people benefitting from this system. Isabel’s work enabled her to become a finalist at the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards in 2013. X-Runner will extend the service to 15,000 households by 2018 saving over 10 million litres of water in the process and dramatically reducing health risks for people living in unfavourable conditions.