Changing the world, one toilet at a time

Courtesy Lindsay Stradley ’03

As an American studies major at Yale, Lindsay Stradley ’03 didn’t expect to wind up as cofounder of a company that makes and markets pay toilets in the slums of Nairobi. Sanergy, her sanitation enterprise, has licensed its “Fresh Life” loos to 317 local entrepreneurs who profit by them. The “product” is recycled into energy and fertilizer, rather than polluting local waterways as traditional pit latrines do. Sanergy won the 2014 $100,000 Grinnell Prize for social justice.