Kenyan en­tre­pre­neur feted in New York for poor peo­ple toi­let ven­ture

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Char­lie Puth (right), the pitch­per­fect singer who has be­come a vi­ral star, on Tues­day played an in­ti­mate set to recog­nise an en­tre­pre­neur who has turned san­i­ta­tion needs in Kenya into an eco-friendly busi­ness.

Mr Puth, who said he had be­come more ac­cus­tomed to play­ing are­nas, sang be­fore lit­tle more than 100 peo­ple at a New York award cer­e­mony of Global Ci­ti­zen, the anti-poverty ac­tivist or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The group hon­oured David Auer­bach, founder of San­ergy, a start-up that de­signs af­ford­able toi­lets. San­ergy fran­chises the toi­lets to low-in­come res­i­dents in Kenya, with the waste picked up daily and con­verted into fer­tiliser, en­ergy and other re­new­able, in-de­mand prod­ucts. A UN re­port in 2015 said one in three peo­ple in the world lacks ba­sic san­i­ta­tion, with open defe­ca­tion car­ry­ing grave risks to long-term health.

“In New York, we have toi­lets, we have sew­ers and we have treat­ment plants — and it’s a lux­ury,” Sanj Sanam­pudi, San­ergy’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer, told the con­cert.

“What we’re do­ing at San­ergy is try­ing to make that ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, for­ever,” he said.

Global Ci­ti­zen pre­sented a grant of $10,000, which Sanam­pudi said would bring an­other 2,000 peo­ple onto the net­work of San­ergy. The firm says its toi­lets are used more than 53,000 times daily and di­rectly or in­di­rectly have cre­ated more than 900 jobs.

AFP

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