A Tokyo Stock Exchange-listed company has started local manufacturing of low-cost prefabricated toilets to be sold at Sh1,000.
The Japanese firm, LIXIL Corporation, will manufacture and distribute its Sato brand of toilets through local firm SILAFRICA.
“The three biggest advantages of Sato products are: they require very little water to flush and clean; they easily connect to existing pits and septic tanks; and they are extremely affordable, costing between Sh500 and Sh1,000 apiece,” LIXIL general manager in Africa, Jason Cardosi, said in a statement.
The company said the toilets use trap door technology that minimises stench and passage of disease-carrying insects, making them safer and hygienic.
The toilets are also designed to conserve water since they use less than 500ml of water to flush, according to the executive.
Mr Cardosi said that the toilets, which have been piloted in Kitui with success, will give Kenyans in villages access to hygienic, affordable and durable toilet solutions.
A huge population of Kenyans in remote villages lack access to basic toilet amenities, creating breeding grounds for communicable diseases.