The Challenge: How do we achieve universal access to equitable sanitation and hygiene by 2030?
The importance of sanitation and hygiene obviously transcends time and geography—but even where this is explicitly recognised in policy, the needs of hundreds of millions of global citizens remain unmet. The proportion of the global population using at least a basic sanitation service increased from 59% in 2000 to 68% in 2015.
Despite this progress, 2.3 billion people still lack access to basic sanitation services such as toilets, hand-washing facilities, showers, and disinfecting areas with soap, etc. 70% of these people live in rural areas. Such limitations contribute to the spread of serious diseases such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the top two killers of children under 5 around the world.
The Lead2030 Challenge for SDG6, supported by RB, launched a global search for impactful enterprises which work to achieve access to adequate, equitable sanitation and hygiene for all.
Jenifer Colpas, Baño Grato
Baño Grato is a dry and decentralised sanitation system with capacity to save up to 68,000 litres of water per year per person. It additionally avoids the contamination of superficial and underground water sources. The project drastically improves the quality of life of disadvantaged people in isolated areas who previously did not have a comfortable and dignified space to meet their basic needs.
The low-cost, easy-to-install system can be easily adapted to rural communities. Including a separate shower space, Baño Grato provides a private space for women, offering additional support during menstruation and throughout pregnancy.
The solution is delivered via a curated social intervention process that empowers the community and encourages involvement throughout the development.
Baño Grato has impacted approximately 80 people in four rural communities in Colombia thus far, with the delivery of 10 dry bathrooms. Jenifer and her team are currently in the midst of testing new prototypes in selected communities that can be adapted to suit specific needs through a collaborative creation process.
Baño Grato has been recognised by the UN Environment as a finalist in the "Young Champions of the Earth" contest and featured in El Espectador, one of Colombia’s most important organisations.