Alum-led startup Sanergy aims to address sanitation crisis in Africa

Peter Salovey touring the Sanergy manufacturing plant in Nairobi, Kenya.

On March 14, President Peter Salovey toured Sanergy, a manufacturing facility in Nairobi, Kenya, founded by David Auerbach ’03 and Lindsay Stradley ’03. The company’s mission is to make hygienic sanitation affordable and more accessible throughout Africa.

More than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation services, leading to contaminated water and food supplies, according to a 2017 report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF. Inadequate sanitation, caused primarily by lack of physical space, infrastructure, and limited resources, is now the second-largest cause of disease in the world.