She took a job as a licensing agent for two toilet manufacturers supplying the railways and developed her knowledge of the market. A shrewd businesswoman, she built up a reputation and bagged herself a US$100,000 annual toilet maintenance contract on certain East Coast Railways lines. It was her ticket to an even more promising business, which she incorporated in 2012.
Banka Bioloo uses bio-digester technology patented and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), a government agency, to dispose of human waste in a low-cost, and low-maintenance manner. ‘We use a set of bacteria that “eat away” human waste, leaving biogas that can be made into for fuel and effluent water that can be reused for gardening.’