“This business is very important, because we are making the city to be clean.”
Treza Kuyeli is proud of the pit emptying business she runs in the city of Blantyre, Malawi. Her husband used to work with the Blantyre City Council, and he noticed there was a gap in pit latrine emptying services in certain parts of the city. Together, he and Treza built a business to fill that gap and improve the city’s health and cleanliness.
“We observed that fecal sludge, if not well managed, poses a health hazard to our society,” explains Treza. “This is why I have become so passionate about my work, as we are providing an important service to our society.”
Treza started the business in 2010, and at first there were only a few other pit emptiers on the market. Now demand has grown and competition has increased, so Treza is considering adding additional sanitation services like mobile toilets.