2.3 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines, of these, 892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water.
To date hundreds of thousands girls, women are sexually assaulted, raped and exposed to violence while they openly defecate in the night and use plastic bags as toilets within slums. This has contributed to the rampant spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as ChlamydiaGenital herpes, Gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, HPV, Trichomoniasis, Syphilis and Hepatitis B
(Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/increasing-number-toilets-can-reduce-violence-against-women/,https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/57a08ae9e5274a27b2000839/VAW_Uganda.pdf, https://www.vice.com/sv/article/yvxzk5/women-in-uganda-cant-use-toilets-without-fear-of-disease-or-rape-500
In addition to this, millions of children are dying every year due[SZ3] to the rampant spread of cholera, typhoid, diarrhea and dysentery brought by lack of access to clean, let alone drinkable water and clean sanitation facilities. All this is because 8 out of every 10 people in Uganda don't have access to a toilet, which is 31.6 million people out of a total population of 39 million Ugandans. Additionally, 3 out of every 5 people don't have access to clean water, which is 23.8 million Ugandans.[SZ4][J5]
Here in Kampala, which is the capital city of Uganda, there’s a growing population of 3 million people with only 1000 public flush-able toilets, this means that there’s 1 toilet for every 3000 people, more than 70% of the 3 million people live within slums and more than 80%-90% make of girls, women and children.
(Source: https://www.monitor.co.ug/SpecialReports/City-public-toilet-shortage-sparks-health-crisis/688342-4851916-wn5h0a/index.html, https://nilepost.co.ug/2018/02/22/too-many-people-not-enough-toilets-a-tale-of-kampala-city/ .
With hardly any manners in how to handle hygiene matters of the children that are involved in open defecation and use of plastic bags as toilets, end up eating with the same hands thus easy spread of diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera which brings to loss of life.
Combating, unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases has become close to impossible in the slums, with hardly any safe, or even usable sanitation, showering facilities, youth involved in drugs and crime end up sexually assaulting and raping young girls, women.
All this brings a huge economic burden on the households that can hardly make $1,200 per year, hence shorting life pan of many of the mostly affected people who are the girls, women, children and the youth
JOELEX’S mission is to make water and sanitation accessible, affordable for the urban poor i.e. who are majorly girls, women and children in Kampala, Uganda, by building, operating public water, toilets, showers within urban slums.Through a Pay per user model, JOELEX helps girls, women &children in urban slums, trading centers, which are non sewered areas access affordable water, sanitation and showering services, then collects, transports the waste to fecal sludge management, site to convert it into organic fertilizer.
We have designed facilities are made in such a way that they can easily be assembled, dismantled, flexible, can be installed any where, anytime, weather resistant and guarantee longevity for 15- 30 years. Hence more we are putting in place ICT platforms &mobile applications that streamline collection of waste, remote monitoring technology that tells waste collectors that facilities are full and also tell us how many girls, women use the facilities every single day.
We have tested the mobile payments& token payment system, technology, which eliminates costly cash transactions, which we believe will enable girls, women, children make small, cashless payments in amounts that are convenient for them resulting in the provision of better water, sanitation and showering services.
The ICT platform &mobile applications that streamline collection of will make waste logistics easier and increase efficiency and profitability of us as toilet service providers.Also we are in the process of designing water ATM machines, with automated mobile payment systems to enable efficient water collection &transparency in revenue collection to help counter the problem of manual revenue collection that was currently being done inefficiently by our workers.
JOELEX earns $0.30 per household, per person, from sale of its water, sanitation &showering services every single day. Person’s make a daily income of $4-$8 per day & $0.30 would be less than 3% taken from their income, at least 90% of the targeted people pay for services.The Pay per user fees of $0.30 paid per person, per household, per day to access water, sanitation & showering services through water ATM cards& token, mobile payment systems.
Having served at least 82,500 girls, women and children in the last 23 months of operation, each facility serves an average of 500
1000 people per day, with us raising funding to build and operate 1000 public facilities within the city, we can help at least 1,000,000 in the next 1 year to access clean water, sanitation and showering services.Importantly also safe guarding the girls, women from sexual assaults, rape and violence they are exposed to as they openly defecate.