The total cost of building a latrine in Kenya ranges between Ksh70,000 and Ksh 300,0000 depending on the quality of the materials to use and the type of soil for the location of the toilet.
There are latrines which are built to act as toilets and at the same time as septic tanks, such toilets cost Ksh 200,000 to Ksh400,000. An ordinary toilet with one bathroom costs Ksh 70,000 to Ksh120,000 while one with two toilet doors and one bathroom costs over Ksh 100,000.
I built one in 2020 which also acts as a septic tank, it cost Ksh250,000. A neighbor built his latrine which has two doors for Ksh 120,000.
When you want to build a latrine, make sure you have at least Ksh70,000 before you start. Building- a pit latrine is like building a house—you need high quality materials for it to last long.
Here is a testimony of a Kenyan who has built a latrine:
“Recently there has been arguments whether a toilet can cost upto 90000ksh… Yes it can, Depending on… Its depth, width and length.. (kama mnachimba choo inatoshana na kaburi, That will only cost you 15k hadi iishe kabisa) Now take a toilet 12ft x 10ft x30ft (Cost ya kuchimba lazima itakuwa juu) Then the ground iwe na some rocks (makes it more expensive digging).. After that.. you must use stones/Bricks + cement +waterproof+water +changarawe+metal bars+ wire mech + Labor +timber+iron sheets… and other necessities…. tell us how this can’t cost upto even 100k.. if at all you care about safety thus making permanent toilet? currently digging is 1200 for such measurements… and 1800 when the ground becomes more solid….. Guys nothing cheaper to construct… unless unapitia shortcuts”