This is practically a reality for many in Kenya's informal settlements, where 4 million tonnes of untreated waste is discharged into the waterways and fields every year.
More children die from sanitation-related diseases every year than malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis combined, and poor sanitation is the no 2. cause of disease in the world.
The 8 million odd people of Kenya's informal settlements have in the past had to rely on unsanitary options such as; flying toilets (going into a plastic bag and then throwing it outside) and pit latrines (where untreated waste gets released into the environment). Given that there is no space in Kenya's informal settlements (slums) this is a big problem.
Sanergy are tackling the sanitation crisis through enterprise and innovation. Here's how:
One nifty blue toilet block at a time, the local Fresh Life team are provide hygienic, dignified and accessible toilets, which they run as small businesses. The waste is collected and the biomass converted into saleable produce; renewable energy for cooking stoves and fertiliser for farmers.
Just like access to clean water, access to safe sanitation should be a basic human right.
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