Douglas wants a Fresh Life Toilet for several reasons. He manages a primary school in Mukuru and needs a toilet for the school pupils. Additionally, he wishes to provide sanitation services to families living in close proximity to the school. This way, the Fresh Life Toilet, a sanitation system that collects waste cleanly and converts it into high-value byproducts, will benefit both the school and the local community.
The school Douglas currently runs is in Riara, a sub area of the Kwa Njenga informal settlements of Nairobi. The school has both a kindergarten section and a primary section.
In the future, Douglas foresees a community that is clean, safe and healthy, where the local community is empowered and able to make lifelong positive community impacts in the informal settlements.
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Eight million people in Kenyan slums and 2.6 billion people worldwide lack access to hygienic sanitation. Sanergy aims to permanently reduce related disease in these areas by making sanitation accessible, affordable and sustainable. This social enterprise builds toilets under the “Fresh Life” brand, franchises them to local entrepreneurs, collects the waste and converts it into renewable energy and organic fertilizer.
Because Sanergy’s core business is not microfinance and its partnership with Kiva is unprecedented, these loans present some level of additional risk for lenders. Accordingly, we have not provided a risk rating for this partner.
This Kiva loan will be used to provide borrowers with needed goods or services, as opposed to cash or financial credit.
Sanergy is a social enterprise that combines technology, entrepreneurialism and a unique business model to provide safe, accessible and affordable sanitation products and services to slum residents across Kenya. Sanergy uses the flexible, zero-interest capital provided by Kiva lenders to offer loans to its network of toilet operators. The funding covers the upfront costs of the toilet purchase, enabling operators to pay back the loan over time with the revenue generated by the toilet.