A transportable dry toilet and ecological sanitation service for densely populated settlements.

Product description Brand name and product description

Mosan is a circular sanitation system, which includes a urine-diverting dry toilet for in-home use. The toilet separates urine and feces into removable containers. Users bring their full containers to service stations, where Mosan staff ensures safe emptying and cleaning.

This circular sanitation service consists of 5 key steps: (1) Containment, (2) Emptying, (3) Transport, (4) Treatment/transformation, & (5) Reuse. The solution was designed to improve people’s health, protect the environment and water sources, reduce CO2 emissions transforming human excreta into resources while creating local job opportunities. All Mosan products have been designed in collaboration with local communities and stakeholders. 

Mosan started in 2010 when the designer Mona Mijthab worked with GIZ in Bangladesh. Currently the sanitation service is being implemented in Guatemala at Lake Atitlán.

Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Worldwide with a current focus on Latin America. So far the solution has been tested in Bangladesh, Kenya, and South Sudan, and is currently being implemented in Guatemala.

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

The Mosan Toilet is part of the Mosan Sanitation Service that is implemented with local partners. Mosan produces the toilet themselves.

Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

The Mosan service is sold to municipalities and organizations, which pay for hardware and implementation costs. The users themselves pay a monthly service fee (e.g. starting from 5 USD a month) and a deposit of 3 monthly fees.Interview with representative in 2019

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Conventional water-flush systems and pit latrines. Other container-based solutions around the world are Sanivation in Kenya, Loowatt in Madagascar, SOIL in Haiti, and Clean Team in Ghana.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)
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