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websiteWe are excited to announce the launch of the new Sanergy website!

We wanted a website that better represents who we are. The photographs, videos, and individual profiles that we have selected bring to life our work transforming informal settlements into healthy, prosperous communities. We share detailed depictions of our model, our team, our communities, the sanitation challenge and our bold vision for the future.

At the same time, we strive to keep you updated with real-time reporting about our successes and challenges – both by impact metrics and through human stories. We have made it easier for you to receive those updates by building out our presence and accessibility on Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, YouTube, and Kiva. One new feature of the website is that anyone who visits can subscribe to both our monthly newsletter The Sanergy Fresh Look and Fresh Notes – the Sanergy blog – as these are released. To subscribe, please click.

Finally, building this movement takes an incredible combination of teammates, micro-entrepreneurs, partners and supporters and this website recognizes those amazing contributors. Big thanks to our friends who contributed to the design and implementation of our website –Kate Rose, Manifesto Communications, Julia Novikova, and Nima Patel.

We are excited to hear what you think about our new website and please help us promote our new page by directing your friends to http://saner.gy.

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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Sanergy Plant Manager Samuel Muindi

Sanergy Processing Supervisor Samuel Muindi

Last week, Sanergy achieved a great milestone: one of our teammates from the Mukuru community, Samuel Muindi, purchased a Fresh Life Toilet for his family to run as a business.  To us, this is a great validation of our model. Our team values Fresh Life so much that they will invest their hard earned savings in it. This week we interview Samuel Muindi, Processing Supervisor at Sanergy’s Waste Management Center to learn how he believes our work changes the community and why he purchased a Fresh Life Toilet.

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Youth group U-Tena edu-taining 300+ Mukuru, Nairobi youth during Sanergy's Earth Day Celebration

Youth group U-Tena edu-taining 300+ youth during Sanergy’s Earth Day Celebration                  in Mukuru, Nairobi

Sanergy brought Earth Day back to its 1970 roots this week with a teach-in at HOPE Worldwide, highlighting the links between environmental degradation and human health for an audience of 300+ Mukuru, Nairobi youth. Read the rest of this entry »

A young Fresh Life Toilet customer in Mukuru, Nairobi

A young Fresh Life Toilet customer in Mukuru, Nairobi

As the Millennium Development Goals approach their 2015 expiration date, the definition of sanitation has become an increasingly hot topic. The world has not yet achieved MDG 7c: halving the proportion of people without access to sanitation. In fact, it hasn’t even come close yet.

According to the UN, 2.5 billion people lack access to proper toilet facilities. Yet, according to researchers at the Water Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, that number is a drop in the bucket -it is actually 4.1 billion people.

Why the difference? The UN measures access to the toilet and how well it protects the user from contact with waste. UNC researchers also considered whether or not the waste was treated, and how that waste affected the community.

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