KENYA — In the slum areas of Kenya’s capital, indoor flush toilets are a rarity. Most people have to make do with plastic bags and outdoor pit latrines. To remedy the situation, a company called Sanergy has built up a network of low-cost pay toilets that are put to optimal use, given that the organic waste is converted into fertilizer and sold to farmers.
This business model premised on serving the poor has the support of the Novastar venture catalyst firm, in which Proparco holds a stake. Over 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to adequate sanitation. In Nairobi’s slums alone, the figure is 2.5 million. The inhabitants have to make do with outdoor pit latrines or plastic bags, which they leave on the streets or throw away further from home.
“Sanergy makes the provision of sanitation to slums profitable – and thus sustainable. Our aim is to serve half a million people in Nairobi.” David Auerbach, Sanergy co-founder
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