Lindsay Stradley

Finalist 2012

Lindsay Stradley

KENYA
Sanergy
ENVIRONMENT
HEALTH
Sanergy provides Kenyan slums with affordable sanitation units that facilitate clean transportation of waste, reprocessed into energy and fertiliser.

If someone had asked Lindsay Stradley five years ago whether she thought she’d be building toilets in the slums of the developing world, she probably would have looked incredulous. But Lindsay, 31, is a born problem-solver, so when she was presented with the sanitation problems in Kenya’s slums, where a lack of access to clean toilets causes health hazards and disease, she set about looking for the solution. ‘Sanitation options in slums range from pit latrines to public toilets – which are expensive and rare due to a lack of large plots of land,’ she says. ‘There’s also open defecation, makeshift holes in the ground and “flying toilets”, plastic bags that are tossed into garbage or by the roadside. So how to make it profitable, and thus sustainable, to provide sanitation services in slums?’

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