Dry Toilets in El Salvador

inodoro_seco_salvadorThrough a South-Souht technology and information exchange, the first Dry Toilet was built in El Salvador (and the first in all Central America), in a housing project built by the Cooperative Asociation in Savings and Credit Solidary Women, ACAMS, in the town of Tejutepeque.

Estuardo Quispillo, head of the Constructions Departament from Red EcoSur Ecuador, flew to El Salvador for a week, from august 16th to 20th, 2010, to give an assesment in Dry Toilets and build the first one in a new settlement, 10 km away from Tejutepeque.

This first dry toilet is built inside a 60-house housing project financed throug Red EcoSur by the German organization DESWOS (Map: Tejutepeque, El Salvador).

The constructive system used was FerroCement Panels, PFC, MicroConcrete Roofing tiles, MCR, and bricks. The combined use of this technologies allows to build constructions suitable to the climate of this place, built very fast, long lasting and sismic-resistant.

People from the construction department of EcoSur Nicaragua also attended this training, and will take the Dry Toilet technology to their country. Imelda Flores, ACAMS main officer, is very sure that this technology transfer is a good example of how effective is the South-South collaboration: The Dry Toilet technology was transfered from Namibia to Ecuador. From Nicaragua to El Salvador, the FerroCement Panels and MicroConcrete Roofin tiles was transfered. Everything got together in the small town of Tejutepeque in the smallest country of the Americas, to solve the housing problem to the most needed.

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Estuardo QuispilloEstuardo Quispillo
Constructions technician
Expert in construction and operation of the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln, VSBK (HVC, Horno Vertical Contínuo)
Installation, training and setup of workshops of MicroConcrete Roofing tiles


In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.