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Uganda: Meet Isaac Turinawe, The Young Man Who Turned Emptying Toilets Into BIG Business

34-year-old Isaac Turinawe makes a living going door-to-door through the tight slums of Kampala, collecting human feces.

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Isaac Turinawe earns his money by cleaning latrines for the citizens of Kampala

The businessman said: “I started this a year ago, I have to move door-to-door to get business and leave my contact for future opportunities.”

Isaac is doing a deed for all the citizens of Kampala by safely disposing of the waste.

Many people employ Isaac Turinawe because his services are cheaper than hiring a latrine emptying truck.

“Most of the latrines are shallow because Kampala is surrounded by many wetlands so they get full easily,” Turinawe said about his business.

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The waste is placed in barrels and safely disposed off

It takes him and his two employees about 6 hours to empty an average latrine for which they earn about 8500 Kenyan shillings.

Another businessman, Henry Kayondo, Mr. Turinawe’s competitor, has a more high-tech approach. He uses a steel hand pump with a gulper to drain latrines. He charges the same amount for the job, but can finish the job in about 2 hours.

As the population of Kampala grows the latrine cleaning business is in high demand. Only about 10% of all homes in the city are connected to the sewer line, leaving tons of waste to contaminate the environment.

Kayondo advises: “Let young people look at businesses along the feacal chain like pit emptying.”

He adds: “The use of collected faecal matter for many other things like briquette, fertilizers saves the environment but creates employment for many youth.”

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