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Sanergy team members  James Mbugua and Peter Macharia instructing Baptist Primary School students in proper Fresh Life Toilet use.

Sanergy team members James Mbugua and Peter Macharia instructing Baptist Primary School teachers and students in proper Fresh Life Toilet use

The global sanitation crisis is frightening when it comes to kids. 1.6 million children die each year from diarrheal-related disease – 27,400 in Kenya alone.i This is higher than the number of deaths caused by AIDS, malaria and TB combined. According to the World Bank, 54% of international variation across height for under-developed children can be attributed to a lack of hygienic sanitation.ii This last stat is stunning. Basically, it doesn’t matter how developed the country where a child grows up is; it’s just whether or not you have access to hygienic sanitation that largely determines that child’s growth.

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Ephantus, Fresh Life Operator and Landlord, standing in front of his former pit latrine, now a Fresh Life Toilet.

Ephantus, Fresh Life Operator and Landlord, standing in front of his former pit latrine, now a Fresh Life Toilet

Sanergy’s engineering team is always looking for new ways to fit our Fresh Life Toilets into the densely-packed slums of Nairobi. Indeed, we’ve found ways to build in some incredibly narrow alleyways. Now, we’re beginning to build where other toilets have been built before.

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The Kiva team and Florence, Sanergy Field Officer paid a visit to Sanergy Fresh Life Operator Margaret and her granddaughter.

Florence Mwikali, Sanergy Field Officer, and the Kiva team paid a visit to Margaret, Fresh Life Operator and her granddaughter in Mukuru, Nairobi.

Recently, Sanergy received a real treat – the leaders of Kiva, Premal Shah and Matt Flannery, swung through Nairobi to meet with our team and our Fresh Life Operators.

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Recently, a team from the legendary design firm, IDEO.org, spent two weeks evaluating a question that is central to our sustainability: how do we drive usage of Fresh Life Toilets from good to great? At present, we’re doing well – the average Fresh Life Operator generates over 50 users / day and we’re serving 8000 people in Mukuru. However, we strive to do better and we asked for some fresh eyes, ears and brains to help us out.

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Edith Waringa Kamau joins Sanergy as a communications intern this summer from Washington and Lee University and African Leadership Academy.

This past Sunday, the “blue army” (tee-shirt clad Sanergy staff and youth group members) descended upon the Viwandani settlement for a Sanergy-sponsored community clean-up in honor of World Environment Day (June 5). This also presented an opportunity for us to further circulate the Fresh Life brand to potential consumers in the Viwandani settlement and generate sales leads for the purchase of new toilets.

The “blue army” takes on Viwandani.

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