PROJECT UPDATE: 20 Nairobi youth launch Fresh Life Toilet business
Earlier this year we provided £50,000 to Sanergy; an organisation who are tackling the sanitation problem in Kenya by manufacturing and supplying low-cost, high-quality toilets, using a franchise model, and collecting the waste to convert into fertilizer.
Our money will allow 40 unemployed young people in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi to build and operate a Fresh Life Toilet (FLT), resulting in 40 new jobs for local youth, affordable and lasting hygienic sanitation for 2000 people, and 300 tons of waste per year being safely removed.
What’s more, all 40 of the youth operators are provided with intensive business and marketing training on how to generate demand and maintain high standards of cleanliness.
So, how is the project going? Since September, a further 20 young people have completed their 4-day training course and have graduated as Youth Operators. Impressively, six have already set up business and between them eight Fresh Life Toilets are in operation.
This means, to date, there have been 3 successful training sessions, with 24 youth benefiting directly, and 42 FLTs being installed as a result.
Thanks to the Forward Foundation, Sanergy have been able to make the purchasing of a FLT more accessible to the youth, by lowing the cost per unit, offering a further discount for double purchases, and launching a customised loan scheme with KIVA.
Sanergy continue to support the youth who are yet to install their FLTs because of land access issues and we look forward to the next update when there will hopefully be a further 27 FLTs installed throughout the Mukuru slum, adding to the entrepreneurial spirit among its youth.
Keep up the inspiring work Sanergy.
(Photo courtesy of Sanergy)