Saving upto USD $2,800 annually for institutions in Uganda
Updated: Feb 11, 2018
Written by Kakembo Bryan
Institution such as schools, universities, prisons, vocational institutes and others are known to consume 80% of the wood fuel harvested in Uganda. This is mostly because, until our stove technology, such institutions lacked the right stove technology to enable them transit from firewood to clean, Eco-friendly fuel briquette.
These stoves have been designed to efficiently use carbonized fuel briquettes to cook. Our fuel briquette products “Kizito eco-briquettes” are produced from dried and carbonized; agro-waste and Municipal solid bio-waste ( including Maize combs, banana peelings, food remains, organic waste from food market and, households). This makes them smokeless, dustless and environmentally cooking fuels. Our fuel briquettes are not only very affordable but also burn 3 times longer than wood charcoal, they are scientifically proven to have significantly lower carbon emissions compared to burning wood charcoal and firewood. With this stove we are promoting access to clean, Eco-friendly cooking energy for such institutions.
Photo: Brian (far right) demonstrating his efficient cooking stove
Pilot studies results St. Kizito High School & St. Kizito Junior School, a secondary school and primary school in Namugongo, Uganda
Financial saving; With combined cooking, these two institutions previously consumed 30 trucks (21 tons) of firewood costing USD 7000 annually but with our stove they use 15 tons of fuel briquettes costing USD 4200 annually saving up to USD $2800.
Environmental benefit; The schools no longer contribute to deforestation for cooking fuels and no longer emit smoke into the air from burning firewood.
Health benefit; The 8 cooking staff are no-longer exposed to indoor air pollution from burning firewood.
Time saving; The cooking time has reduced by half from formally 2 and a half hours to averagely 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Imagine what such stove technology can do if embraced by all the over 20,000 institutions in Uganda. The potential of decreasing the wood fuel demand by 80% and saving the little forest cover we are remaining with. But most importantly the potential for the fuel briquette industry employ thousands of youth because of the great demand for the fuel briquettes that results from institutions adopting this technology. The numbers don’t lie.
A fuel briquette enterprise supplying just 5 institutions with a minimum annual demand of 15 tons per institution will have total annual revenue of Usd 27,083 with a potential to directly employ 10 youth and indirectly provide income for another 15 in agro waste collection and briquette distribution. With just 1000 of such institutions using this stove technology, the briquette industry will be able to absorb over 5000 youth and Fuel briquettes with be able to wipe out firewood in the shortest time.
Join us make this a reality, , it takes a community to make a change. Lets cook clean as we create employment opportunities for the new generations.
Kakembo Bryan is the founder of the Waste to Energy Youth Project in Uganda, check out his podcast with the Africa Green Collar Project on www.greencollarafrica.org/podcasts