All in one: Sanergy

December 13, 2012

In our blog posting “Talk about it”, we emphasized the importance of communication strategies for the success of appropriate technologies being developed and put to use. Here are some further important steps that can help inventors on their way to: a) integrate the technology into already existing approaches in order to address a problem to its full extent and b) embed the technology in a business model that is independent of donor funding.

Sanergy, a social enterprise mainly active in Kenya, managed to exactly meet these criteria. Building a sustainable sanitation network through Nairobi’s slums that is based on local entrepreneurship; the social business provides an entire “solution-chain” around sanitation issues.

The idea behind the project is to create a sustainable sanitation cycle that involves two parts: First, low-cost sanitation centers are built using the ecosan technology, where waste is collected in air-tight containers using human excreta as a resource. Second, a franchise is collected by Sanergy employees – and in a last step processed into biogas. As in the project Cows2Kilowatts, it is then converted into electricity and fertilizer, which initiates new chains of reinvestment and income opportunities.

Thus, Sanergy not only helps to improve health issues by using various appropriate technologies, but also incorporates economic, energy and environmental aspects into its approach. Here you can see how Sanergy’s model works: www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=unTc-rlD9LI#!

And here, Unicef India shows how an Ecosan toilet works: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV-1To9DkJQ (Unicef, India)

Caroline Weimann
Caroline Weimann

Caroline Weimann is member of the “empowering people. Award” team at the Siemens Stiftung (foundation). She studied International Law, Economics and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London as well as Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford. Before joining the Siemens Stiftung, she worked on health and development issues at the European Commission and at a consultancy firm for non-profit organizations.

 

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Basic Needs & Social Entrepreneurship

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  • Water & Waste Water
  • Energy
  • Integral Solutions
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Water & Waste Water
  • Energy