Award-winning social business SATO, part of LIXIL, and FINISH Mondial, a global programme working towards safe sanitation and financial inclusion, launch a collaboration to accelerate the SDG6 goal of safely managed sanitation for all by 2030, providing safe toilets, well-maintained, and linked to waste management systems to households, particularly women and girls, across Africa and Asia.
“The potential is big and if we do it right, we can make it a real driver for change,” remarked Valentin Post, CEO of FINISH Mondial, on the scale of the new partnership, “There is very strong alignment with both SATO and FINISH’s market-based approach to support innovation in climate resilient, gender and socially inclusive sanitation systems.”
The partnership aims to increase the accessibility of innovative toilets systems to more users by bridging the affordability gap
“Affordability is a substantial barrier to both households and entrepreneurs in improving sanitation and growing a sanitation business. Building on smaller, local finance partnerships in SATO, FINISH is our first collaboration aimed at unlocking financial access at a global scale,” underscored Erin McCusker, Leader of SATO.
The partnership aims to increase the accessibility of innovative toilets systems to more users by bridging the affordability gap and offering financial services to households and local sanitation entrepreneurs through partnerships with financial institutions, The partnership is also expected to develop and test innovations along the sanitation value chain and engage in joint learning, dissemination, and outreach activities by using feedback garnered from this partnership to provide actionable insights to the broader sector.