The Sanergy Model
We take a systems-based approach to solve the sanitation crisis sustainably.
We design and manufacture low-cost, high-quality sanitation facilities. Developed by our engineers, the Fresh Life Toilet is pre-fabricated at our local workshop. Our FLT features qualities users value most:
- Hygiene: FLTs are made of high-quality materials that are easy to keep clean and maintain.
- Accessibility: FLTs have a small footprint that enables us to install them close to homes
- Affordability: FLTs are cost-effective and include essential features like hand-washing facilities.
Through informal settlements, we build a network of Fresh Life Operators – local residents who purchase and operate our hygienic sanitation facilities. The operators become franchise partners: we provide our FLT, training, access to financing, ongoing operational and marketing support, and a daily waste collection service. The FLO generates local demand and ensures that the FLT is kept clean.
We collect the waste on a daily basis. Our Fresh Life Frontline is trained and properly equipped to remove the filled cartridges and replace them with clean empty cartridges. The waste is safely removed from the community by wheelbarrow, handcarts, and/or truck. The wheelbarrows and handcarts ensure that we can install FLTs deep in informal settlements where there are only narrow, unpaved roads as access points.
We convert the waste at a centralized facility into useful by-products such as organic fertilizer and renewable energy. To produce the fertilizer, we co-compost the waste with sawdust, other carbon sources and effective micro-organisms, which eliminates pathogens. Then, we let the compost mature in windrows. Once ready, we test every batch of fertilizer by third parties to ensure compliance with World Health Organization standards. We also find ways to re-use the urine and capture the biogas released by the waste. 100% of the waste is safely treated.
In East Africa, there is high demand for our products. 1.2 million tons of synthetic fertilizer is imported every year, leading to high transportation and tariff costs, which is ultimately borne by farmers. In fact the price of fertilizer is so high that farmers can only afford to purchase 9 kg/hectare of fertilizer compared to the 206 kg/hectare used in the industrialized world. In terms of energy, East Africa faces a 3GW shortage and is actively in demand for consistent supply from renewable sources. We sell organic fertilizer to a variety of Kenyan farms.