Samlara Baah is a Mid-Career MPA candidate and Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Six years ago, Samlara began her journey in sanitation in Africa consulting on household toilet projects across the West African sub-region. In 2014, Samlara founded Loo Works to change the sanitation landscape in Ghana. The company’s inaugural effort stemmed from creating dignified household toilet solutions that low-income populations would be proud to purchase. Since starting Loo Works through bootstrapping efforts, Samlara has partnered with local government municipal assemblies to sensitize and engage underserved urban communities. She has engaged in school campaigns to teach sanitation norms at the elementary level and mentored social impact entrepreneurs in hopes of creating an ongoing support system for young entrepreneurs.
Loo Works participated in the 2018 class of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) and is currently working to scale. Today, the company manufactures privacy structures paired with a biological digester for low-income communities in Ghana. Samlara is interested in development and creating opportunities for upcoming entrepreneurs across the developing world. As an Adrian Cheng Fellow, Samlara’s focus is on creating an ecosystem to support low-income communities through advocacy and knowledge sharing campaigns while increasing the range of funding models for underserved communities.