Using Human Waste as Fertilizer to grow vegetables
By Cora Sayre - Project Leader
Using human waste
This period we are able to use the human waste we collected from the dry, ecosan toilets to fertilize the crops grown by our farmers. Before using the fertilizer we ensure that it is safe and hygienic through laboratory testing. We found out that vegetables like eggplant, squash, bitter-gourd and moringa grows well when fertilized with human waste. Besides it is free and readily available and it is ecologically-appropriate. We will continue teaching our small-scale farmers to use human waste in this manner. Aside from saving on money to buy expensive fertilizer, the problem of health because of open defecation is minimized and the environment is safe for children to play because human waste is no longer present.
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