One of the toughest things about prototyping in the field is having to explain to people why you need to take the prototype away after they have tried it. Several families we met with said that now that we had gotten them thinking about having a toilet in their homes, and now that they had experienced it for a couple days, they really want one.
Unfortunately, because there is currently no service provision for emptying the waste from the small toilets, it’s also not right to leave the toilets with the families after we return to the U.S. They would have no safe place to dump the waste and it would likely contaminate the soil and water of their communities.
So, we’re a bit stuck. Fortunately, the pilot test will be moving forward within the next few months which will allow many families to have access to both the product and the service. Additionally, it’s really encouraging to see such a high level of interest in the concept from the families who experienced the toilets, which makes us optimistic about this program moving forward and scaling quickly.
- Jocelyn (@jocelynw)