Victor is a business man in the busy Muthurwa market in Nairobi, Kenya. He also is a youth leader and a husband. Victor grew up in Muthurwa, which has a very high population and very few sanitation facilities. Due to this, he developed a desire to provide a solution for the sanitation issues in his community. His research into possible solutions led him to Fresh Life toilets, which have brought a hygienic solution to the informal settlements around Muthurwa.
Victor seeks funding to purchase and run two Fresh Life toilets to help his neighbors have access to affordable hygienic sanitation. As Muthurwa market has large amounts of foot traffic, Victor's most immediate goal is to purchase two more Fresh Life toilets. He aspires to keep growing his venture and eventually provide sanitation solutions to a wider population.
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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.