Sanergy making good progress

The Sanergy team from MIT continues to reach toward their goal of providing hygienic, accessible, affordable sanitation for everyone in Nairobi's urban slums. In the last month, they have:

    •    Sold 103 Fresh Life Toilets and franchised to 50 entrepreneurs
    •    Created 122 jobs
    •    Removed 170 metric tons of waste from the community
    •    Served 1,000,000 paying customers with hygienic sanitation

Reaching these numbers relies heavily on their Fresh Life Operators successfully running Fresh Life Toilets. Mercyline Atieno (pictured above) is one of their newest Fresh Life Operators. Mercyline runs a vegetable stand and rents out stalls in the Viwandani section of Mukuru slum. When they spoke to her about why she wanted to open a Fresh Life Toilet, she told them how she wanted to give her children--particularly her girls--choices that she did not have due to limited education. She plans to use the income from the operation of the toilet for school fees. Mercyline's toilet is now up and running, and she has joined their FLO advisory council to represent her section of Mukuru.

Check out this Voice of America spotlight on Sanergy.