Building sustainable sanitation in urban slums


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About the project Edit

Sanergy's is a vertically integrated waste management service. Its goal is to build viable sanitation infrastructures in the Nairobi slums.

The model involves four parts:
-building a network of low-cost sanitation centers in slums,
-distributing them through franchising to local entrepreneurs, -collecting the waste produced
-processing it into electricity and fertilizer.

Sanergy will build a dense network of low-cost sanitation centers, which can provide hot showers and clean toilets to up to 77 persons each.

These centers are then franchised to local entrepreneurs financed by micro-loans. The franchisees earn income through membership, pay-per-use fees and additional products sold to the costumers. The potential income earned by the franchisees is an incentive for them to keep the sanitation centers well maintained.

Waste is then collected from the centers and put into environment-friendly air-tight containers. Filled containers are then brought to a facility where the waste is either processed into energy or fertilizer.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This project is unique because it provides communities with a low-cost, environmental friendly sanitation system that is completely self-sufficient.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation. The resulting disease &water pollution cause 1.7 million deaths & loss of $84 billion in worker productivity each year. In Kenya’s slums, 8 million people lack access to adequate sanitation. Sanergy addresses this problem by providing low-cost sanitation infrastructure. Its activities also generate employment for the Nairobi slum community.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

A project of this sort could expand to other urban slums as it is completely self-sufficient, but for now, the project is limited to the Nairobi slums.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Sanergy has an hybrid structure. It combines aspects of for-profit and non-profit models. Sanergy's goal is social, but revenue is generated through the selling of energy and fertilizer produced by waste processing. The generated revenue is then reinvested in the sanitation infrastructure.

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