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New toilets franchise throws slum dwellers an economic lifeline

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Alex Wekesa outside one of the Fresh Life toilets located in Nairobi’s Mukuru slums. Courtesy

Alex Wekesa outside one of the Fresh Life toilets located in Nairobi’s Mukuru slums. Courtesy 

By David Herbling, hdavid@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted  Monday, January 6  2014 at  17:35

In Summary

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduates launch model where entrepreneurs earn cash from waste.

Franchise operators undergo a two-day entrepreneurship training where they are taught skills such as basic book keeping and management.

This has seen a number of Fresh Life owners set up small kiosks next to their toilets to sell fast-moving consumer goods such as diapers, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, airtime, washing powder, bar soap and petroleum jelly.

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