• Awards
  1. 100 Most Influential Young Africans – 2016
  • Ugandan
  • Co-Founder & CEO, Sanitation Africa Limited

Young, creative and passionate about his community, Malinga is the archetypical African innovator from a rural community in the very poor Kumi District of North East Uganda.

At age 12 he moved to the Naguru slums in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, and there he was faced with the community-wide problem of poor sanitation and lack of proper faeces and waste management. These difficulties inspired Malinga to think up innovative solutions that would tackle head on the pervasive challenges in rural areas, like the one he hails from, and urban slums, like the one in which he grew up in.

One of his innovations is the conversion of faecal sludge into briquettes that basically do a better job as cooking fuel than charcoal or firewood. As an entrepreneur himself, Malinga’s innovations are also commercially viable and adaptable beyond his country.

And since October, 2014, they have constructed over 350 modular latrines and are having discussions with NGOs who wish to make big orders.

In 2016 Africa Youth Awards named him among the Inaugural 100 Most Influential Young Africans, an initiative instituted to promote African youth movements and achieving and also restoring excellence in the works of young people across Africa.