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Basic environmental sanitation through the construction of dry compost latrines, in communities of the municipality of Arcatao, Chalatenango


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There is no doubt that access to sanitation, in this case, the sanitary disposal of feces and urine, is essential for human health and environmental sustainability.
A deficient sanitation service has the greatest impact on the most vulnerable and low-income people. 
Women tend to feel disproportionately impacted as they are often in charge of the household and, in the case of girls, the lack of facilities for safe personal hygiene at school could affect their education. The lack of an adequate sanitation system also threatens biodiversity and the security of water resources for human consumption or agricultural use.


With the financial support of the Zaragoza City Council, 67 family dry compost latrines were built for the same number of low-income families from communities in the municipality of Arcatao. 
The project was carried out with the self-construction methodology, that is, it was developed with the participation of the beneficiary families providing unskilled labor in the construction of the ecological latrines, in this way they became protagonists in solving their needs and make progress in building the foundations of their own development.


We work in the community social organization, through the training and formation of the Ecological Committee, so that they are protagonists in solving their needs and moving forward in the construction of the bases of their own development.

With the construction of the compost latrines, the prevalence rates of gastrointestinal diseases at the municipal level have been prevented while improving the quality of life of the inhabitants.

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