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This Topic Brief presents a study of the wider market barriers and opportunities facing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in sanitation in Ghana.

Conducted by i-San, the study aimed to understand the impact of these factors on the ability of businesses to reach low-income urban communities with appropriate products and services.

Major barriers to entry for sanitation start-ups in Ghana are the lack of start-up capital; lack of access to affordable banking services (particularly the cost of borrowing); inadequate public infrastructure; and the high cost of creating partnerships with the public sector.

Ghana’s challenging micro-economic climate is the primary barrier impacting the viability of sanitation SMEs. This includes high interest rates; limited access to operational finance; currency depreciation; and high cost of utility.

The study identified several opportunities to support sanitation SMEs in Ghana, including innovative finance; training and business development support; reinforcement of representative associations; and reinforcing the policy and regulatory environment.

A joint report by EY and WSUP. For many low-income residents in urban areas, flush toilets and connections to a piped sewer or septic system are simply not an option. Frequently the infrastructure just doesn’t exist (and may take years to come), systems are too expensive or technically difficult to construct (particularly in densely populated, flood prone, hilly or rocky areas) or service fees are too high. The world needs a viable, high-quality alternative to piped sanitation. That’s why a small number of groups around the world — including Clean Team in Ghana, which was set up and is managed by WSUP — are pioneering the concept of container-based sanitation.

Can we get a toilet into every compound?

Last week, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) held a webinar to present insights from our ongoing work in improving sanitation in compounds in Kumasi and Ga West, Ghana. Around 60% of low-income households use public toilets in Kumasi. These facilities are often poorly maintained, unhygienic and unsafe, particularly for women using them […]