Mohaddipur is a small, densely populated rural community in India’s Bihar State. In partnership with the WASH Institute in India, SEI supported the construction of a new community sanitation and hygiene facility for Mohaddipur using an ELTC system originall developed by Swedish company Compostera, but adapted for the local context and available materials.

This was a pilot project under and SEI/WASHi collaboration seeking to introduce ecological sanitation (ecosan) and improved hygiene practices in areas of Bihar State where open defecation is a common practice. Ecosan was deemed the most appropriate form of sustainable sanitation to introduce in Bihar, since it can not only help to reduce the health and environmental impacts of open defecation but can also improve rural livelihoods and nutrition for small-scale farmers through the productive reuse of treated excreta in agriculture.

The support was provided under a three-year action-research project carried out collaboratively by SEI and the WASH Institute, India, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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