Okay... so there are some people who wish they could change the world and then there are those who are changing the world.
Meet Lindsay Stradley. She heads up Operations & Consumer Marketing for Sanergy and she is changing the world.
And she has quite a history of doing just that. She worked at Bridge International Academies, a network of low-cost schools in the Nairobi slums, co-founded a charter school in post-Katrina, New Orleans and taught as a Teach For America Corps Member. (A modern day Mother Teresa?)
Before we talk about Sanergy let's talk about the problem.
FACT: 2.6 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.
FACT: The resulting disease & water pollution cause 1.7 million deaths &
FACT: a loss of $84 billion in worker productivity each year.
Another FACT: In Kenya’s slums, 8 million people lack access to adequate sanitation. 8 million! That's almost as many people in all of NY city!
Here's where it starts to get interesting. (Sanergy to the rescue)
Sanergy = Building Sustainable Sanitation in Urban Slums
The long term objective is to build and scale viable sanitation infrastructure in the slums of Nairobi.
But not only are they cleaning up the sanitation issue they are also providing enterprise opportunities for local entrepreneurs as well as jobs.
The model involves four parts:
(i) building a network of low-cost sanitation centers in slums,
(ii) distributing them through franchising to local entrepreneurs,
(iii) collecting the waste produced, and
(iv) processing it into electricity and fertilizer. At each step, this model creates jobs and opportunity while simultaneously addressing serious social needs.
In a nutshell... turning sanitation into energy. San.ergy. Get it?
Discover more about Lindsay and Sanergy
"I am committed to inspiring, empowering and educating women on being architects of change in the world, using enterprise as a vehicle - all according to their Purpose, Passion and Strengths."
"Find out what you love to do, discover what it is you do best & be an agent of change in the world. Now that's a life worth living!" Melissa Haupt.
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