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Engineering solutions to optimize Black Soldier Fly production

Denis Ruto joined Sanergy’s Black Soldier Fly team earlier this year as part of the Sanergy Fellows Program. He has since transitioned to a full-time position. Below, he shares his experience working on Sanergy’s Black Soldier Fly project. Last year, Sanergy’s Godwin Ruto and a group of engineers came to Nairobi University to talk about opportunities at Sanergy. I found the session interesting for two reasons. First, because, as an environmental engineer focusing on water systems, I am passionate about sanitation; and […]

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What Happens When Pits Are full? – Introducing ‘Makao Bora’, Our Pilot Pit-Emptying Site

In Kenyan slums, pit latrines make up 80% of sanitation facilities. When these pit latrines fill up, digging a new pit is not an option; space is a luxury in the densely populated slums. Users are usually faced with the difficult task of having their pit emptied. Exhauster services are expensive to procure, and even when the owners of the latrines pay up, the trucks find it hard to negotiate the narrow pathways in the community. So, what happens then? Most […]

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The SFD – A New Way Of Visualizing Excreta Management In Nairobi City

Since May 2017, Sanergy has been working with the Ministry of Health, City County of Nairobi and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in a mapping exercise to develop Nairobi’s first comprehensive ‘Shit Flow Diagram (SFD)’. The SFD is a toolkit developed by the World Bank and tested in over 50 cities to help visualize and understand how sanitation waste physically flows through the city from defecation to disposal or end-use. Nairobi’s Shift Flow Diagram shows that 60% […]

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Sanergy at World Water Week: A Recap

Last month, Sanergy participated in the World Water Week. The World Water Week is an annual global event that brings together leaders and experts in the WASH sector to exchange ideas, experiences and shape sustainable solutions to global water and sanitation challenges. Participation in forums such as the World Water Week helps to deepen our understanding on what it takes to provide integrated city-wide sanitation to residents living in cities like Nairobi, where we work. It also helps us to […]

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Digital mapping – our new way to reach everyone, everywhere with safe sanitation

One of the biggest impacts of rapid urbanization in cities today is the buildup of crowded slums. In Nairobi for example, out of 3.1 million dwellers, 2.5 million of them live in slums such as Mukuru, which covers 525 acres and has a population of more than 500,000 people. In our quest to reach everyone with safe sanitation, we recently partnered with Spatial Collective, a Kenyan company that specializes in community mapping. We wanted to get an accurate representation of […]

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Developing Nextgen #Socent Leaders

The Sanergy Fellows Program provides professionals from around the globe with an opportunity to share their talent and skills to help tackle one of the greatest social challenges of our time: the provision of total hygienic sanitation for residents of informal settlements. Since its inception in 2011, Sanergy has welcomed Fellows with a diverse array of professional backgrounds to assist our teams in tackling some of the most complex challenges within the organization. Fellows have made significant contributions to our operations, […]

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The SFD – A New Way Of Visualizing Excreta Management In Nairobi City

Since May 2017, Sanergy has been working with the Ministry of Health, City County of Nairobi and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in a mapping exercise to develop Nairobi’s first comprehensive ‘Shit Flow Diagram (SFD)’. The SFD is a toolkit developed by the World Bank and tested in over 50 cities to help visualize and understand how sanitation waste physically flows through the city from defecation to disposal or end-use. Nairobi’s Shift Flow Diagram shows that 60% of Nairobi residents are […]

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Teammate Spotlight: Benedict Muli

This year marks Benedict Muli’s fifth anniversary at Sanergy as a Sales Associate.  Every day, he holds conversations with residents of Mukuru slum and encourages them to invest in Fresh Life Toilets. Why? “Mukuru has been my home for over a decade, and I want a better life for my family and all the other families in Mukuru,” he says. Benedict who lives in Mukuru’s Diamond area knows all too well the consequences of poor sanitation. “When I moved to […]

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“The reality of slums is that a majority of us don’t have access to flush toilets.” – Samson Ongari, Mukuru resident.

Samson Ongari, a landlord in Mukuru slum, has installed one Fresh Life Toilet for 18 households in his residential plot. Landlords like Samson who have invested in Fresh Life Toilets for their tenants have low tenancy turnover rates, and therefore earn consistent incomes from their rental units. He shares his experience. Tell us about your rental business I have eighteen rental units that house my family and seventeen other families. I constructed these units in 1998. Before Fresh Life Toilets, […]

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Happy Fresh Life Customers Make For Cleaner Communities

Our Fresh Life Operators are the biggest ambassadors of our work – out of every 10 new Fresh Life Toilets launched in the community, at least 3 of these are additional units by our existing customers. Similarly, out of every five new customers we acquire, at least three of them have been referred to us by our current network members. The Customer Support team at Sanergy is charged with providing our Fresh Life Operators the very best of services. They […]

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