This Kenyan company turns human faeces into affordable and cleaner cooking and heating fuel briquettes.
Meet Sanivation, a social enterprise in Kenya on a mission to meet people’s cooking and heating energy needs. They recycle human faecal sludge into an alternative source of energy used by schools, homes and restaurants while improving the overall dignity, health, and environment.
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They provide special toilets to over 20,000 people in underserviced parts of the country and have so far treated over 150 tons of infectious waste. Once the human waste is processed with sawdust and rose waste, it creates fuel briquettes that don’t look or smell like faeces anymore.
The innovative project has led to almost 50% reduction in diarrheal diseases and Sanivation has so far sold 1500 tons of briquettes, saving over 65,000 trees, which has helped reduce deforestation. The briquettes also burn twice as long as charcoal with 1/3 of the emissions.
Sanivation has also created 100 job opportunities for the locals. It’s an innovative and inspiring project that conserves the environment, improves health, and eradicates poverty.