Kyrgyzstan: Home Comforts - Creating local capacity for improved rural living standards via sustainable energy and sanitation
Reduce poverty via sustainable development, specifically through improved access to basic resources such as energy and safe sanitation
15.02.2011 | WECF Project
|Donors:||European Commission with the additional aid of Natracare and Sjef Jorritsma & Hanzehogeschool Groningen|
|Partners:||KAWS, ALGA, Camp Alatoo|
|Issues:||Water & Sanitation and Energy & Climate|
|Duration:||01/2011 - 07/2013|
The living conditions in many Kyrgyz villages are very difficult. Most households do not have access to improved water and sanitation systems. In the cold winters, the heating costs are very high. This project focuses on priority areas for women, improving the basic services and living condition in and around the rural household.
The EuropeAid funded project “Home Comforts” demonstrates solutions how to find affordable and sustainable ways towards improved living conditions in rural areas of Kyrgyzstan.
“It is so important to bridge the divide between rural and urban areas in Kyrgyzstan“, says Anara Choitonbaeva, chairperson of the Kyrgyz Alliance for Water and Sanitation (KAWS), “thus applying adapted and sustainable technologies for rural areas.” She coordinates the project activities being implemented in nine villages in the Issyk-Kul oblast (region). “Especially women and girls are suffering from insufficient infrastructure for water, sanitation and energy in the villages”, says Aijamal Bakashova, gender expert of ALGA, who prepared the baseline study about the situation in the villages.
The brochure on the project can be found here
Aims:The project installs and tests adapted technologies covering three aspects essential for an improved living standard:
- warm water
- safe sanitation in the house
The project also demonstrates ECOSAN toilets, an innovative technology which does not need water for flushing neither smells nor attracts flies. “We appreciate that the ECOSAN toilet can be implemented inside the house or attached to the house – a great improvement over the outdoor pits,” says Imash Azarbaev, chairman of CDWUU in Chyrak and elected president of the CDWUU’s network of Jeti-Oguz rayon. The CDWUUs support the construction, operation and maintenance of the ECOSAN sanitation facilities in the villages. The toilet seats and the doors are produced in their community “resource centre”.
The project also demonstrates solar collectors, built from local material and making use of the suns energy, provides warm water for the houses. Together, the three technologies help to increase the tourism potential of the rural areas. Bakyt Choitonbaev, chairman of Territorial Self-governance Public Union “Bokonbae-Manjyly” of the village Bokonbaev underlines, “the energy efficient stove, the solar collector and the ECOSAN toilet are the infrastructure needed for a guest house to set up tourist business activities.”
Upscaling:After successful installation of the demonstration objects, the key challenge for sustainably implementing and up-scaling the environmental infrastructure technologies are the lack of access to finance for the villagers”, explains Claudia Wendland, who is the overall project coordinator at WECF “there are many micro finance businesses in Kyrgyzstan, however they operate with high interest rates which may apply to a short-term commercial investment, but not for non-productive infrastructure investments. Social financial mechanisms for this type of infrastructure in rural areas are needed.
The project develops a social housing microcredit scheme. The governor of Issyk-Kul oblast, Mirbek Asanakunov, welcomed a delegation from the village and the project coordinators on 14 December 2011: “these activities are very important for the Issyk-Kul oblast and will be integrated into the strategy development plan”. He promised to visit the project villages soon and to support all project activities.
In all activities, WECF and its Kyrgyz partners employ local staff and expertise with aim of ensuring the long-term sustainability of their initiatives.
Claudia Wendland, firstname.lastname@example.org
Productive Sanitation in Kyrgyzstan – Workshop on the Use of Human Urine from Ecosan Toilets as Fertiliser in Agriculture
In the Issyk Kul region in Kyrgyzstan,more than 100 ecosan or urine diverting dry (UDD) toilets have been installed in the last couple of years. The technology is well accepted and new sanitation technologies are being appreciated, as toilets can be installed inside or adjacent to the house and do not smell
11.09.2012 | WECF
World Water Week focuses on Water and Food Security
Claudia Wendland, sanitation coordinator at WECF, contributes to the workshop "Towards a Green Economy - The Water-Food-Energy Nexus" with case studies from Georgia and Kyrgyzstan
21.08.2012 | Claudia Wendland
More Solar Food Dryers in The Kyrgyz Villages Thanks to the Kind Support and Donations by Mr. Sjef Jorritsma and His Collegues at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen, The Netherlands
WECF and its local partner the Kyrgyz Alliance for Water and Sanitation (KAWS) are delighted to announce the receipt of a donation at the amount of 1200 EUR by Mr. Sjef Jorritsma and his colleagues.
13.02.2012 | WECF
The Governor of Issyk Kul Oblast Welcomed the “Home Comforts” Project
Towards affordable rural infrastructure and new business opportunities in the Issyk-Kul villages, Kyrgyzstan.
11.01.2012 | Claudia Wendland
Solar collector construction training in Issyk Kul region, Kyrgyzstan
From 25-29 September, 27 participants from nine communities from Issyk Kul region learned how to construct a solar collector.
23.10.2011 | Regina Drexel
Workshop "Train the trainer/facilitator" at Ysyk kul in Kyrgyzstan
WECF partner & Kyrgyz NGO ALGA organised a Train the trainer/facilitator workshop at Ysyk Kyl in May
08.06.2011 | Claudia Wendland
“Making Gender Equality Happen in Development Cooperation” – Workshop ADB
Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) – Bonn
23.05.2011 | Anke Stock