Awards and Fellowships

Sanergy is proud to be a part of a vibrant community innovatively addressing some of the world’s greatest problems.


  • La France S’Engage Au Sud Social Innovation Award
  • Genesis Generation Prize
  • FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards – Award in Urban Transformation


  • Grinnell Prize
  • Tech Awards Laureate
  • Nestle Creating Shared Value Prize (Runner-up)
  • Fonds Suez Environnement Initiatives – Institut de France Prize


  • Lemelson Foundation Sustainability Prize
  • FT-Citi Ingenuity Award Global Winner
  • Ashoka
  • Sarphati Sanitation Award


  • Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow
  • USAID Frontiers in Development
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) Innovator of the Year
  • Cartier Women’s Initiative


  • MIT100K Business Plan Winner
  • MassChallenge Winner
  • Echoing Green
  • Seibel Scholars
  • African Leadership Network
  • Rainer Arnhold / Mulago Foundation
  • Legatum Center at MIT
  • Clinton Global Initiative
  • GSEC – UW Winner
  • GSVC – UC Berkeley Social Impact Award



mulago-foundation“I was struck by Sanergy’s work for three reasons: its innovative approach to a massive challenge, its impact potential, and its team’s capacity to execute upon that vision. Sanergy tackles the sanitation chain holistically, with each part is connected to and dependent on the other parts. This is the only way that sanitation-related disease will be reduced.”
Kevin Starr, Managing Director, Mulago Foundation

“Sanergy is a great example of Sanitation as a Business, where on-going relations with customers are central to the satisfaction of the customer, the viability of the latrine over time, and the maintaining of the sanitation business in the area long after masons nanced by sanitation grants would have lost interest in Mukuru. They are driving towards full coverage in Mukuru – Everyone – with a system that sees sanitation provision as a service and not a toilet so that the investments last –Forever. “
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water For People


“It’s been a pleasure to work with Sanergy since the beginning, when they were a great idea backed by a great team. In the last 18 months, they have developed into a high-performing organization with impressive results, and we are excited for their future prospects.” 
Jim Villanueva, Executive Director, Eleos


Logo Snapshot 18kb “We are impressed by Sanergy’s entrepreneurial leaders who have developed an innovative triple-win business model. As the business grows, it addresses the sanitation issue in the slums, expands business ownership and incomes for toilet franchisees, and improves soil endurance and agricultural productivity through organic fertilizer. We look forward to working with the team to accelerate the growth of the business and its impact.”
Steve Beck, MD, Founder and CEO, SpringHill Equity Partners



“Sanergy is impactful because it is a new approach to tackling the sanitation crisis across Kenya. Not merely a company that is building toilets, it is an innovation that has the potential to dramatically alter communities and the way in which people live because it offers an end to end solution from provision of sanitation services to waste collection and processing.”
Duncan Onyango, East Africa Director, Acumen


“The world has been struggling to discover good business models to scale sanitation solutions that are sustainable. We are excited about Sanergy’s technology, approach and innovative business model to tackle this problem. We believe they have a real promising model that, if works, could scale to solve sanitation problems for millions globally.”
Maura O’Neill, co-creator of Development Innovation Ventures and the Former Chief Innovation Officer, USAID


“Sanergy has a transformative impact tackling a challenge few dare to take on in some of the toughest environments in the world. At the same time, Sanergy’s model has the potential to scale around the world.” 
Jenny Shilling Stein, Executive Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation