Digital toilets sanitise urban slums

Fresh Life Toilets
Africa (Kenya)

Access to toilets is one of the biggest issues in the developing world. As millions of slum dwellers don’t have access to the fundamental human right of good sanitation, a team of MIT graduates have devised a sustainable solution to make hygiene affordable and accessible – and an alternative to pay-per-use pits.

Starting in Kenya, startup Sanergy built a franchise network of clean, containerised toilets run by local micro-entrepreneurs. The community is engaged with running the Fresh Life Toilets at every step, with waste separated to make organic fertiliser, instead of polluting waterways.

The success stories of Fresh Life Operators, from being able to afford educations to expanding franchises, are spurring on the ‘digital toilet’ model to be replicated within other urban slums. Within five years, the aim is to provide sanitation to more than half a million people – whilst teaching the very business behind doing your business.

Submitted by

Lisa Goldapple, Editor, Atlas of the Future (28 July 2015)

Project leader

David Auerbac, Co-founder, Sanergy

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  1. Ann Sabania

    I am interested how we can have a school program for providing sanitary toilets

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