Sanivation really has its beginnings from 2006, when Emory approached GT looking for a toilet that would be more reliable in treating human fecal sludge. Ideas for a solar toilet were tossed around, and prototypes were built in Bolivia in 2007 and 2008. Work continued through GTRI and Engineers Without Boarders on various iterations of the prototypes. In 2011 a group of GT seniors submitted an application to Start-Up Chile (a business incubator) to begin an organization based on solar sanitation. In July 2011, 5 Tech students moved to Chile to work fulltime on solar sanitation. Initial prototypes went well, and the team designed service models to create a more viable business model. We now focus on a service model that rents in-home toilets, and with the rental fees weekly collection is included. Waste is collected from the household by an employed collector and brought to a local treatment site. Waste is treated, and transformed into some method of reuse. But sanitation in Chile is not a big issue and the team looked to move to places where sanitation is a critical need.
In 2012 Sanivation received a grant through German Aid Corporation (GIZ) to test solar treatment in Naivasha, Kenya. Since then many prototypes on various aspects of sanitation have been tested here in the villages outside of Naivasha town.