Sanergy: Sustainable Sanitation




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INTRODUCTION

In 2012, a three-year-old boy, a resident of a sprawling slum in the western Kenyan city of Kisumu, died after falling into an open pit toilet in the area while playing with other kids. His inconsolable mother, Nancy Anyango, said, “The waste produces a pungent smell, and when it rains, it floods our houses, and we are forced to move out. The lives of our children, too, are in danger because they play inside the filth.” Slums like the one in Kenya, with its deteriorating sanitation facilities, existed in most of the developing and underdeveloped countries and were home to a huge population comprising the poorer sections of society...

While to most people, such abysmal sanitation facilities were an indication of a human-rights crisis, to David Auerbach (Auerbach), a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate, they also appeared to be a social entrepreneurial gold mine...

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