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The Silicon Valley of Shit: Nairobi Is Ground Zero for Sanitation Innovation

Social entrepreneurs have flocked to Nairobi to profit from peoples’ excrement.

A Sanergy toilet in Nairobi. See more pictures of toilet technology in Kenya.

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Sanergy: A Startup That Plans to Turn Waste into Energy in Africa

A new business venture called Sanergy is trying to turn Kenya's sanitation problem into jobs, energy, and profits.


Students at the MIT Sloan School of Management have drawn up a business model for a company called Sanergy ("It begins with sanitation and ends with energy"). The idea is to build a network of "sanitation units" (read: outhouses) in Kenya, collect and process the waste, and then convert it into energy and fertilizer.

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