Isaac Durojaiye

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Isaac Durojaiye was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
Isaac believes that the health and dignity of Nigerian citizens is eroded by the lack of adequate toileting facilities which forces many people to defecate and urinate indiscriminately in major cities around the country. For Isaac, the solution is simple: Nigerian cities could be as clean and hygienic as any other city if adequate facilities were provided. Based on this recognition, starting in Lagos, Isaac embarked on the first mobile toilet initiative in the country.
To do this effectively and in a sustainable manner, Isaac manufactures mobile toilets locally and in a manner that meets the needs of the different categories of users. For instance, squatting mobile toilets are built for markets, parks and streets, while executive toilets are manufactured for use at seminars, crusades, construction sites, and parties. In addition, all the toilets are leased to unemployed youth who make fixed returns at the end of the day and keep whatever they make over the fixed amount. In this way, Isaac is not only creating a healthier more dignified environment throughout Nigeria, but created hundreds of jobs in the process.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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