Founding Story

In 2009 at MIT, David Auerbach, Lindsay Stradley, and Ani Vallabhaneni were tasked with developing a solution to a poverty challenge facing 1 billion people or more around the world. They developed a full value chain approach to addressing the sanitation crisis, offering a sustainable solution for urban slums. With that project, Sanergy was born. After graduating from MIT in 2011, David, Lindsay, and Ani moved to Nairobi to launch their business. On November 19, 2011 – World Toilet Day – Sanergy opened the first Fresh Life Toilet in Mukuru Kwa Njenga slum. Today, we now have over 250 employees, 60% of whom live in the communities we serve. Our teammates come from three continents and nine countries.

David Auerbach
Founder
Lindsay Stradley
Founder
Ani Vallabhaneni
Founder
Robin Farnworth
Talent
Michael Lwoyelo
Sanergy Operations
Titus Kuria
Chief Operations Officer
Joseph Githinji
Fresh Life Customer Support
Susan Nyawira
Legal
Patrick Lang'at
Sales and Credit Manager
Eric Machango
Fresh Life Operations
Ruthie Rosenberg
Future Initiatives
Carolyne Musyoka
Finance
James Nguyo
Supply Chain Services
Louise Couder
Business Development
Alex Manyasi
Government Relations
Edith Karimi
Communications
Yvonee Renaux
Inbound Customer Success