There is currently a limited availability of quality sanitation solutions that effectively and affordably address the needs of low income households in Uganda. In Kampala alone over 84% of the population relies on on-site sanitation facilities (pit latrines). However, the majority of pit latrines are unlined and in poor shape which compromises the state of sanitation both for households and institutions. According to a 2010 survey of Kampala, 45% of latrines were found to be abandoned after 5 years of construction because they are either full or broken down. This indicates that there is both a gap and a significant market for a latrine emptying, construction and upgrading business.
More significantly for pit emptying, only 6% of Kampala’s population is connected to the main sewer line, which means that the other 94% is in need of some kind of emptying service for their sanitation facilities. Although there is a high demand for improved high quality, affordable, desirable latrine services and products, the quality products and a supply chain to deliver them sustainably do not exist.