A patchwork of ethnicities rich in culture, the fertile inner Niger Delta and boundless deserts, Mali has it all. In 2012, a military coup destabilised the country and although a new civilian government is now back in place, separatist and Islamist groups continue to fight in the north. Mali’s fertility rate is one of the highest in the world. 74% of the population have access to basic drinking water services and barely 31% to basic sanitation services. Protos started its activities in Mali in 1994 and provides support to several communities to improve their access to drinking water and sanitation in a sustainable way. Over and above this, our task in the capital of Bamako also consists of organising waste and latrine sediment collection and disposal.