Kouzin Dlo is a social enterprise that sells liquid disinfectant.
Kouzin Dlo is a Haitian social enterprise that distributes a locally manufactured chlorine product for treating drinking water across urban Haiti through a network of female micro-entrepreneurs.
Kouzin Dlo, a net work of female micro-entrepreneurs.
1 USD per 8 oz bottle and 2 USD per 16 oz bottle
Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
Urban households in Haiti
Sodium hypochlorite is manufactured and bottled by La Perle S.A. in Port au Prince, Haiti. It is also sold under the brand name of AquaJif.
Kouzin Dlo works with a network of micro-entrepreneurs who sell the product in urban communities in Haiti.
Around 5,000, 8 oz bottles (~1,000,000 gallons treated).
240 or 500 mL bottle containing 0.75% Sodium Hypochlorite (NaOCl) solution.
Kouzin Dlo community-based distribution agents.
Chlorine is a consumable product and can be purchased through the distribution team.
Each 240 mL bottle will treat drinking water for one household for ~1 month. Each 500 mL bottle will last about 3 months.
Sodium Hypochlorite (NaOCl) is widely recognized as a water disinfectant effective against virus and bacteria.
Hypochlorites have been widely used in disinfecting water supplies for nearly a century.
Water should be consumed (or re-treated) within 24 hours if not stored in a lidded container.
If water is turbid, it should be allowed to settle or filtered through a cloth. Treated water should be stored in a safe storage container.
NSF / ANSI Standard 60: Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals: Aqua Jif is not specificially listed as complying, but dozens other companies selling sodium hypochlorite products for drinking water treatment are approved. This certifies that chemicals are safe at the maximum dose and that any impurities are below the maximum allowable limit.
The World Health Organization (WHO) does not currently approve products for use to treat drinking water. However, the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality list liquid NaOCl with concentrations between 0.5% and 1% as a point-of-use water treatment method.
Sodium Hypochlorite has been used widely for centuries to disinfect drinking water.
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