Our background

Mosan started in 2010 in Bangladesh when the industrial designer Mona Mijthab worked with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit). Research projects at Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany and Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in Switzerland followed. In collaboration with MIT d.lab (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the technological development of the Mosan Toilet was improved towards scale. Intensive pilot activities of the Mosan service have been conducted in cooperation with varies partners, such as Oxfam, Sanivation, and WSUP in Kenya.

The development of the Mosan solution is made possible through the support and collaboration with GIZ, IDIN, USAID, Creative Hub. Mosan is an alumnus of the CEWAS program. The project was prized with the first prize of the Bestform Award 2013, the first prize of the Hans-Sauer Social Design Award 2015 and the Climate-KIC awards 1st and 2nd stage. In 2017 Mosan was selected as a "Solution that Saves Lives & Supports Development" by the Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF). In 2019 Mosan was selected as FORBES Top 10 Swiss start-ups and FAMAE Top 100 Water Innovators.