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A loan helped to add 200 toilets in Nairobi slums that lack sanitation.
In Kenya, 8 million residents living in urban slums lack access to safe and affordable sanitation. Slum residents rely on unsanitary options such as “flying toilets” and pit latrines that release untreated human waste into the environment. In sum, 4 million tons of untreated fecal sludge from Kenya’s slums are discharged into waterways and fields every year posing serious risk to public health and the environment.
Sanergy is a social enterprise that takes a systems-based approach in solving the sanitation challenge in Africa’s urban slums. The company builds low cost, high quality sanitation facilities branded as ‘Fresh Life’ that are franchised out into the community members who run them as a viable business or as a value-added service. Sanergy then collects the waste on a regular basis and converts it into by-products predominantly organic fertilizer. To date, Sanergy has built a network of 580 entrepreneurs running over 1,200 Fresh Life Toilets serving over 50,000 people daily. They have safely collected and removed over 13,000 metric tons of waste from the community. Learn more about Sanergy in the video .
With this loan, Sanergy anticipates to serve more community members through an additional 200 Fresh Life toilets serving 8,000 people daily.
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