iHub By Rachel Gichinga / May 22, 2013
Social Entrepreneurship Happy Hour, Featuring Sanergy | Tuesday 28th May, 2013 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm | iHub
One Acre Fund welcomes you to the next Social Entrepreneurship Happy Hour, with special guests Lindsay Stradley and Ani Vallabhaneni – co-Founders of Sanergy. Learn about what’s new and exciting with Sanergy’s innovative approach to sanitation in Nairobi’s slums.
When: Tuesday, May 28th, 6:30-8:30
Where: iHub, George Padmore Lane, Kilimani
10 min presentation and 10 min Q&A at 7:00
Free drink if you arrive before 6:45
RSVP in advance at oneacrefundsanergy.eventbrite.com
We make hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible in urban slums for everyone, forever – starting with Nairobi, Kenya.
2.6 billion people, or 40% of the world, lack access to basic sanitation. The resulting disease causes nearly 2 million deaths, 10% of the global disease burden, and $84 billion in worker productivity loss each year. The high population density combined with the lack of infrastructure and resources makes the problem particularly acute in slums, where populations will double to 2 billion by 2030. Kenya is at the epicenter of this crisis with 10 million people living in slums, 80% of whom lack access to basic sanitation.
Sanergy promotes the fundamental human right to sanitation in the slums of Kenya by increasing access to and usage of hygienic sanitation facilities. We create an efficient, equitable, and sustainable sanitation cycle by building a dense network of small-scale sanitation centers across the slums, a low-cost containerized waste collection infrastructure, and converting this waste at our central processing facility into useful byproducts, such as organic fertilizer and renewable energy.
As of May 2013, Sanergy has built a network of 177 sanitation facilities run by 99 entrepreneurs that serves over 8,000 residents daily.
Ani Vallabhaneni, Co-Founder. Ani oversees the expansion of Sanergy’s technical operations, including engineering and internal systems and processes. Previously, Ani turned around a chain of dialysis clinics for low-income patients in the Philippines. With a background in technology and operations, he has built startups in India and US. Ani is a Legatum Fellow, Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow and an Echoing Green Fellow. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS from Washington University in St. Louis.
Lindsay Stradley, Co-Founder. Lindsay is responsible for overseeing the growth of Sanergy and ensuring that we reach 100% coverage in the areas we serve. Previously, Lindsay developed operating systems and business training for Bridge International, a network of low-cost schools in the Nairobi slums. She has worked as a manager at Google in Sales & Operations. She also co-founded a charter high school in post-Katrina New Orleans and taught as a Teach for America Corps Member. Lindsay is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow. Lindsay holds an MBA degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was a Seibel Scholar and President of MIT Sloan Net Impact. She also holds a BA from Yale University, where she graduated with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors.
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