Seventy per cent of the 8 million people who live in Kenya’s slums have no access to clean sanitation facilities as these communities have limited space for toilets, suffer from a lack of planning, a lack of sewage systems and soil/water contamination.
Previous solutions that have introduced large toilet blocks have experienced very limited success as they are often built a long distance
from the housing where they are really needed.
In response to these issues, David and Sanergy have developed an innovative solution. The project builds prefabricated compact toilet units from which waste is collected daily in cartridges that are taken to a facility that processes it to produce fertilizer and energy. Each toilet is owned by a local entrepreneur who buys the unit, its materials, a finance plan and a business skills training kit.
The model not only provides effective sanitation for people in the slums but also creates jobs, reliable incomes and effective waste management solutions.
Goals and objectives
In one year Sanergy launched 170 toilets, employing over 200 people and taking 1 million tons of waste a year out of the slums – significantly enhancing the conditions of the slums themselves and the people living there. The organisation is currently
working with the Kenyan Government and essential players to scale up the idea in order to continue its success and affect real change in communities.