Thematic Area : Waste Management & Infrastructure
Project Title: Design of Interlocking Plastic Bricks for Toilet Construction
Project Guides: Mr. Harish Mohan, AMMACHI Labs, and Dr. Anil Kumar Sharma, Department of Civil Engineering
International Partner : Lauriane Masson, EPFL, Switzerland
Amrita Partners : Sreevalsa Kolathayarline, Monish, Ashwathi G. Krishnan, and S. K. Thiviya, Department of Civil Engineering
Village: Sadivel, Tamil Nadu
Project Duration : 4 months
The women's group in Sadviel that builds toilets
Through Amrita's women empowerment initiatives, rural women are trained to build their own toilets, thereby addressing the urgent need for sanitation infrastructure in rural communities.
However, women do face some challenges while constructing toilets such as the acquisition of construction materials (which can be expensive) and the overall time required to build the toilets.
Therefore, this project investigates sustainably alternative methods to aid women in toilet construction by utilizing plastic waste, instead of traditional materials such as stone and cement, to create easy to use bricks.
Lauriane Masson helps to construct a toilet