Kenya’s Sanivation, Nigeria’s RecyclePoints & SA’s iDrop Water are among 30 global startups competing for $1m Chivas Prize set to be held in Los Angeles in July.
Founded by Dickson Ochieng, Sanivation installs container-based toilets in people’s homes for free, and then charges a monthly fee to service them. The Sanivation team treats waste as a resource, by transforming it into a clean burning alternative to charcoal.
Their sanitation services are improving health and dignity in urban communities of East Africa, as well as refugee camps.
Nigeria’s Chioma Ukonu founded RecyclePoints to help consumers to create value from their everyday waste. RecyclePoints uses an
incentive based model, collecting waste from registered members and rewards them with points, which they can use to redeem or shop for cash and household items at the iRecycle Store.
RecyclePoints use Electric Cargo Tricycles to collect the waste, ridden by members of the team called ‘WasteBusters’.
South Africa’s James Steere on the other founded iDrop Water to change the way water is consumed and sold in Africa, through vending units which purify and dispense water in store.
The water is sold in refillable containers, reducing plastic waste, while being 80% cheaper than bottled water. iDrop splits profits equally with shop owners, so they are boosting economic activity in communities with every dollar they make.