A Fortune in Sanitation

Samuel Malinga is an innovator who breathes life to impossibilities. We had a light chat, and this is what he had to say.

Tell us about yourself?

Samuel Malinga is the founder and Managing Director of Sanitation Africa Limited, a private limited company registered under the laws of Uganda, and UN Young Leader for the SDGs. Samuel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Engineering from Makerere University. He has received business training from CEWAS— International Centre for Water Management Services, Living Business Education, Enterprise Uganda, and Makerere Business School of Entrepreneurship. Samuel has got sound knowledge in project planning and management, and construction skills in Water supply, sanitation, roads, and agricultural infrastructure.

Samuel at a UN event

What does Sanitation Africa do?

Sanitation Africa Ltd enables low-income households to access decent, affordable sanitation facilities. We design innovative toilet solutions and improve and upscale existing ones, to create sustainable and dignified sanitation solutions. Sanitation Africa has also developed a semi-mechanical pump to empty pit latrines in areas that are otherwise hard to reach. In addition to this, the company produces cooking briquettes made from the dried sludge, which is sold as an environmentally friendly option to firewood.

Tell us about your leadership skills and experiences

In my professional career, I have worked with a significant number of charity organizations, Agro-processing company as operations manager and then rice growing company in Uganda as a farm Engineer. I have also worked as an Independent Sanitation Consultant for Water For People where he undertook research and development of low cost desludging pumps, transportation devices and toilet technologies.

From 2011 to 2012, I was the President, Makerere University Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Students’ Association (MUABESA), and I have also held other important positions in university and high school.

Major personal achievements?

In recognition of my work and services, I have earned several awards both nationally and internationally i.e. among 17 UN Young Leaders for SDGs, first runner up of Civil Society WASH Innovations award 2016 in Brisbane, Australia, Winner of StartUpper of the Year 2015/16 by Total Uganda, Winner of Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business in Lagos, Nigeria 2015 organized by The Future Project, and 12 short listed for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2014 organized by the Royal Academy of Engineering UK where he received first class mentorship from UK University Professors, and business trainers. I’m also also among the 30 young most enterprising entrepreneurs according to Forbes in 2016. I have also been priveledged to be part of All Star Mentoring Academy as a mentor.

Samuel is currently attending the SE Forum, a social entrepreneurship accelerator in Stockholm, Sweden that brings together top young entrepreneurs to support them in growing their businesses through mentoring and executive training.

Why mentor?

To share my experience, inspire youth to engage in entrepreneurship and leadership. Mentor startup companies on how to grow and manage their businesses.

Inspired by Samuel? Join him and thousands of other incredible young people by applying to the All Star Mentoring Academy here

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