Picture from WaterAid/Caroline Irby
Portable priviesSileshi Demissie, a successful singer in the USA, wanted to do three things for his native Ethiopia
- improve the environment
- create jobs
- mobilise the community
"My main income is from the kiosk," says Fasika a mobile toilet attendant who sells women's accessories at her kiosk, "I also keep this area clean - I feel it is my responsibility. Before I had this job I was a homeless street kid begging for money from passers by. "Thanks to God, I now have a child who is able to go to school, I can rent my own house and I have a savings account too and so I am living comfortably. I have bigger visions now. My first priority is that I never want my children to see the things that I saw on the street, or to have to go out begging. They will have money instead."
"When I came to Addis Ababa I had no work and as living on the street" explains Eskender Tadesse, pictured above. "Then I got involved with helping to clean and green the area. Then, when this part was finished I started with the mobile toilet. "There is a big difference between the life I was living before and the life I have now. Before I was homeless and I didn't have an income to support myself. Now, with the toilet I have an income and am saving 50birr (£3.25) a month."