Is Safi Sana a commercial company or a foundation?

The Safi Sana concept originated from the Safi Sana Foundation. Safi Sana Holding BV was founded with the objective to approach socially driven concepts with a market driven and commercial approach, with the ambition to generate profit. We consider this a prerequisite to make the supply chain approach to the provision of sanitation services, waste collection and sale of end products a success. The Foundation’s role is to guarantee the mission statement and the social objectives. For the roll-out in Ghana, Safi Sana Ghana Limited was founded.

How does Safi Sana make money?

Money is earned with the sale of organic fertiliser and supplying energy to the local electricity network ‘in exchange for’ a return supply rate that has been negotiated with the local energy company.

Does Safi Sana work with local agencies?

Cooperation with local organisations is a prerequisite for making our formula a success. The local government plays an important role in ensuring alignment with local policies (including waste, sanitation) and guaranteeing land/sites. Local businesses and entrepreneurs are responsible for collecting waste, and the transportation and distribution of the end products. NGOs assist in forging relationships with the local communities and raising awareness and acceptance of our approaches.

What is the organisational structure of Safi Sana?

Safi Sana Ghana Ltd has a team of 25 full time employees, all from Ghana and 80% of which from the local community. A local manager heads the team, which consists of:

  • commercial staff members in charge of waste collection and fertiliser sales;
  • a project accountant;
  • a process engineer;
  • an operational site manager;
  • an operational team for the processing of waste and for production.

Safi Sana Holding BV has a team of 3 full time employees, a general/commercial director and a technical project manager.

How is Safi Sana funded, now and in the future?

Safi Sana’s founders, Aqua for All, Shell, Rabobank, DHV and the Body of Surveyors of the Dikes Regge en Dinkel, have provided the initial financing by means of subsidies. The International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC), the Governments of Ghana and The Netherlands have also granted subsidies for local market development with respect to sustainable energy and agriculture. The African Development Bank has committed to a subsidy for the construction of the plant in Ashaiman. For current projects Safi Sana is working toward financing from the private sector by means of grants, loans and private equity financing.

How and where is Safi Sana intending to upscale?

Currently we are working hard to ensure the success of the new plant in Ashaiman, Ghana. Going forward we will be working to prove the concept as well as looking to expand in other areas of Ghana and beyond. This is always done in close collaboration with governments, the private sector and local NGOs.

Where does Safi Sana operate?

Safi Sana currently operates in Accra, Ghana.

Are there any health risks involved with the fertiliser?

No. The production process has been designed to prevent these risks. Our organic fertiliser is tested for harmful organisms and metals. Our product meets the requirements and standards set by the World Health Organisation.