A startup that distributes toilets n refugee camps and collects the waste to make briquettes Sanivation group has won financing to expand its services.
A Naivasha-based social enterprise start-up Sanivation has received Sh477,460 ($4,635.54) initial funding from Chivas Regal’s $1 million (Sh103 million) kitty after public voting during the Chivas Venture competition.
The competition by Chivas Brothers of Scotland, producers of a blended Scotch whisky Chivas Regal, searches for start-ups from around the world that are transforming the society.
Sanivation installs toilets in homes for a monthly subscription fee, after which they collect the waste, treat it and recycle it into charcoal briquettes that are sold at an affordable price.
“We do this by treating waste as a resource. This starts by providing communities and refugee camps with modern toilets, helping them dispose of toxic waste, which we then transform into a clean burning alternative to charcoal,” the firm stated.
“Our work allows families to live a modern, healthy and dignified life…by displacing charcoal, our briquettes combat deforestation and erosion, saving 88 trees for every tonne sold,” it added.
The company had to battle it out with 30 other start-ups across six continents in an intense five weeks of voting for a share of an initial $250,000 (Sh25.75 million) funding.