Lindsay Stradley is a co-founder of Sanergy, a pioneering social enterprise in Nairobi, Kenya dedicated to building healthy, prosperous communities in Africa’s informal settlements by making hygienic sanitation affordable and accessible for everyone, forever. Sanergy’s systems-based approach empowers the local community to own and operate sanitation facilities, while Sanergy provides business and operational support to ensure its operators thrive. Sanergy collects and recycles the waste into organic fertilizer, which is sold to Kenyan farmers to address the region’s food security challenges. In just five years, Sanergy has launched over 1,000 Fresh Life facilities run by a network of 500 operators who serve 47,000 residents with hygienic sanitation daily. Sanergy also employs 245 teammates – 93% Kenyan and 40% under 25.
Previously, Stradley has developed operating systems and business training for Bridge International, was a manager at Google in Sales & Operations, co-founded a charter high school in post-Katrina New Orleans, and was a Teach for America Corps Member. She is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow. Stradley holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, where she was a Seibel Scholar and President of MIT Sloan Net Impact, and a BA from Yale University, where she graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She lives in Nairobi, Kenya.