Providing accessible, affordable, and hygienic sanitation in urban slums
An estimated 2.5 billion people lack access to hygienic sanitation. Inadequate and unhygienic sanitation is the second largest cause of disease in the world. It leads to contaminated waterways and food supply, as well as infections like diarrhea, caused by direct contact with human waste. The problem is particularly acute in slums, where over 1 billion people live. By 2030, this population will double to over 2 billion people worldwide. The high population density in slums, combined with the lack of physical space, infrastructure, and resources exacerbates the sanitation crisis. Kenya's 8 million slum residents are forced to rely on unsanitary options such as flying toilets (defecating into plastic bags that are then tossed onto the streets) and pit latrines that release untreated human waste into the environment.
Sanergy is an innovative social enterprise that is providing high quality, low-cost toilet units and waste management services through a franchise model throughout urban slums in Kenya, with plans to expand in East Africa. The company commits to significantly scale up its operations in Kenya and East Africa, establishing a network of over 2,000 sanitation workers, who run for-profit social enterprise toilets that offer safe, affordable sanitation services to over 300,000 people in Kenya's urban slums by 2020.