First and Last Name: Liz Morris
I did my masters research on how people in developing countries value sanitation. I learned that people, just I do, wants to flush away their waste. They want a toilet for their household, so that women don't need to worry about being attacked, so that children aren't afraid of a latrine, and that animals aren't attracted to it. When I spent more time doodling toilet designs on my thesis than writing, I realized that I had an idea. I realized there was a need for the Dungaroo in other markets and could be used any place that water is not an option.
2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. The absence of clean water and sanitation has been estimated by the WHO to cause 88% of all cases of diarrhea, which contribute to more than 1.5 million deaths per year. The U.S.A has 1.5 million porta-potties, most of these managed by small business owners that go out of business within two years because of the disposal cost. We have developed a solution to the sanitation problem in developing countries and for porta-potties through the patent-pending Dungaroo. It is an environmentally-friendly toilet that is waterless, odorless and cost efficient. It uses specially-lined bags that kill pathogens, which are sealed and flushed into the base of the Dungaroo after use. The bags can be collected and turned into energy and fertilizer.
The objective of the Dungaroo by Sanitation Creations is to innovate the porta -potty industry in developed countries, while working towards improving sanitation in developing countries. The improvement of portable toilets will lead to a decrease in operating costs, a better user experience, and fewer odors. The improvement of sanitation on a wide scale will result in public health and environmental benefits, such as decreased incidences of diarrhea, and decreased water pollution in developing countries. We will use 10% of profits from our domestic market business to ensure that the Dungaroo is a sanitation solution for the people who need it most in developing countries.
We are working to establish ourselves first in the porta-potty market to test the Dungaroo and to ensure healthy financial returns so that we are able to work with communities in developing countries to provide a sanitation solution. We will work with communities and partners to establish suitable supply chains for the delivery and collection of the bags. By establishing in-country manufacturing of the Dungaroo, we will be able to serve local communities and maintain a long-term presence. We are also looking for in-country partners who have relationships with the communities. We have already partnered with a group in Honduras and have possible partners lined up for Ghana and Peru.
We are a triple-bottomed lined company dedicated to environmentally-friendly sanitation solutions that focus on the 2.5 billion people without access to sanitation and have a healthy ROI by being used in markets where water is just not option for flushing. We are committed to using environmentally-friendly materials, and exploring methods to ensure that the waste does not end up in a landfill. We will measure success of our commitment to the triple bottom line by the number of households in developing countries that use the Dungaroo, the amount of material that we are able to divert from wastewater treatment and landfills, and the ROI that we can provide to our investors.
The funds provided by Start Something that Matters will be used for the 2nd round of prototypes, beta user testing, and design changes for developing countries. Following our initial user test in May, we will collect feedback from the uses, and we will build the second set of prototypes and conduct beta user testing with a porta-potty rental company at a cost of $35,000. We will use the remaining $15,000 towards user testing in Honduras with our first partner's communities. $50,000 will allow us to move toward sales in developed markets and get us faster towards helping with sanitation on a global scale.
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