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Bricking it: turning human waste into clean fuel.

A social enterprise is transforming human waste into a clean, affordable fuel in Kenya. It smells like the future, discovers Oliver Balch.

Andrew Foote likes to talk crap. He’d talk crap all day if you let him. Especially other people’s crap. Because for this 29-year-old US environment engineer, crap (or “poop” as he prefers), is the future. He knows that discussing human waste and how it’s managed is “not super glamorous”.

Yet, equally, he knows if he doesn’t talk about it, then few others will. Even in international development circles, it remains taboo.

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