David Kuria

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007


This profile was prepared when David Kuria was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
David is the first to successfully construct and manage hygienic public sanitation facilities in Kenyan slums and other informal settlements. He engages urban communities in the design and construction of his “Iko toilet” (coined from the word “eco” meaning environmentally friendly). David has made sanitation facilities a profitable venture for the urban poor as well as the business community by collecting dues and providing innovative financing schemes in collaboration with local and international financial institutions and funding partners.

The time is ripe for David’s initiative, with an increasing focus on improving the standards of urban communities in all the major cities of East Africa. City councils are eager to have new and effective mechanisms of service delivery, and donors are willing to provide alternative financing for David’s sanitation facilities. This opportunity represents a significant shift towards a long-term collaborative and creative process between urban communities, city authorities, and the business community in the region. David is well poised to influence and change public health practices for many communities.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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