A women-led bio-briquette business helps their community to address Uganda’s dependency on wood-fuel, while providing a good living
ACCESS, WWK’s local partner in the rural community of Nakaseke in central Uganda is the second community to benefit from a briquette making machine for bio-briquettes. They learned from our local partner in the urban settlement of Kampala District that the collaborative business will cut their cost of cooking fuel (waste-briquettes are significantly less expensive than coal), benefit their neighbors’ health, and as a growing business, will increase their income. The donut-shaped briquettes are made of discarded coffee hulls, rice husks, charcoal particles, sawdust, wood chips, and waste paper. The briquettes manufactured from this agricultural waste are much cleaner to burn than coal and provide communities with an economical and safer source of energy for cooking. Additionally, the CBO, through training is increasing awareness that the greenhouse gases emitted from charcoal are a health and environmental concern.