More than 2.6 billion people lack access to sanitation in the developing world. This leads to over 1.7 million deaths each year through water-borne diarrheal diseases, and the loss of over $84 billion in worker productivity. The problems are particularly acute in our initial market, Kenya, where 10 million people live in slums and only 80% do not have adequate sanitation. Sanergy produces electricity and fertilizer by converting the waste from our sanitation facilities throughout the slums of Kenya by creating a sustainable sanitation cycle. Sanergy's model involves three actions: (i) creating a network of franchised sanitation centers in slums, (ii) collecting the waste produced, and (iii) processing it into biomethane and fertilizer. Through each action, Sanergy creates jobs, opportunity, and profit, while simultaneously addressing serious social needs.
Provide sanitation for 1000 households
We are a multi-disciplinary team from across MIT. Ella Peinovich is a masters student in Architecture. Joel Veenstra is a senior in Civil Enginerring. Nathan Cooke is a designer at D-Lab. Nathan Sharpe is an alumni of Mechanical Engineering. Benji Moncivaiz is a senior in Mechanical Engineering. David Auerbach and Ani Vallabhaneni are second-year MBA students.
Carolina for Kibera
Named a TIME Magazine and Gates Foundation “Hero of Global Health,” Carolina For Kibera (CFK) fights abject poverty and helps prevent violence through community-based development in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya and beyond.
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