The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Loowatt Ltd a $1 million grant to expand its pioneering waterless toilet systems in Madagascar and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations investment will fund a sizeable expansion of the Loowatt project in needy urban areas. It will enable us to test its technology and business model in Madagascar with the goal of having 100 Loowatt waterless toilets in use over the next 2 years, serving at least 3,000 customers, and preparing the company to deliver products and services at scale.
“The Gates grant creates a springboard for global impact, preparing Loowatt to deliver clean and profitable sanitation to millions of customers in Madagascar, and elsewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, and eventually the rest of the world.” – Virginia Gardiner, Loowatt founder and CEO
In 2011, we received an initial GCE grant from the Gates Foundation, enabling the company to implement a pilot system in an impoverished neighbourhood of Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital city. The Energy Unit pilot has been receiving paying customers since November 2012, providing a vital service at an affordable price. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s gracious support has already enabled Loowatt to improve the lives of countless Malagasy citizens.
We are very excited about the next phase of Loowatt’s development with a UK pilot underway for 2014 and the expansion of the Madagascar project. We are anticipating a bright future in which Loowatt’s zero carbon waterless toilet system helps to raise sanitation standards worldwide.
Thank you very much, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation!