August 3, 2017

Uganda Placeholder


About the Implementing organization

Name: Nyakasanga Development Community Foundation (NYAKU)

Country: Uganda

Year of establishment: 2010

Type of organization: Community-based association or organization, Legally recognized non-profit status, Women’s association or organization


There is a need to obtain enough protective gear to avoid the negative effect associated with production of charcoal briquettes
There is a need to provide trainings to a wider spectrum of people than what was done in order to create market and also reduce environmental degradation. Therefore, we are requesting your prize grant to train more beneficiaries who are willing to participate in briquette making project
There is a need to always collect and keep large quantities of raw material during the dry season to over come scarcity during wet season.
There is a need to purchase solar dryers which can help to dry our briquettes very quickly to meet the demand on market even during rain season, therefore, we are requesting you to fund us with these solar dryers.
There is a need for quicker machines that produce larger numbers of charcoal briquettes.Therefore, we are requesting you to give us more prize grant and we purchase electrical piston presses that produces many briquette blocks at once.
Lastly but not least, we will continuing in educating the residents of Kasese in handling waste by avoiding discriminate and dumping and contracting race in collecting waste on their behalf. Therefore, we are requesting Prize-equator initiative to give us more funds to expand on our briquette project.

Nature Element

Forests / Grasslands

Type of Action

Protection / Sustainable use / Access and benefit sharing / Pollution prevention / clean up / Awareness and education

Sustainable Development Element

Jobs and livelihoods / Health / Renewable energy / Climate action

Related Sustainable Development Goal(s)


Environmental Impacts

Problem: Deforestation has become a worldwide epidemic due to poverty, pressures of population growth, and low innovations in the clean energy sector and so on. Generally, there is urgent need of production of charcoal briquettes due to the scarcity of firewood and trees for charcoal-making. Charcoal consumption in Kasese and surrounding areas is unsustainable. Unless a viable alternative is successfully implemented, the urban poor in Kasese and the neighborhood will suffer an energy crisis with serious nutritional and health consequences
Impact solution; Innovation can change everything from waste management to energy poverty and global warming. The project resultant briquettes are superior to charcoal and produce less smoke, thus cost-effective and beneficial in terms of cost and human - environmental health.
No waste is useless; through this project it has been proven that every waste is potentially a resource, if valued is attached and added.

Sustainable Development Impacts

The grant has enabled me to reinforce my experience in resource mobilization, community development, community coordination with authorities (LCs-Local leaders) and project management. Through the grant, I got the chance to exposure my work and my organisation both locally and internationally. It has enabled me and my organization to lead the introduction of cheap alternative source to firewood and local ordinary charcoal directly contributing to sustainable environment (reduced deforestation, waste recycling, green house gas reduction, etc) and help the health of community (reduction in rate of respiratory and eye diseases), while providing alternative source of income for women. This project is really a viable strategy for alleviating the socio-economic and unfavorable conditions of communities in extreme poverty.


It was also conduct practical orientation demonstration on the production and use of briquettes and its economy; and an educational develop a program on the promotion of briquettes as a better alternative source of energy for cooking and heating purposes.
Showcasing briquette-making and its many advantages was an important method for promoting uptake of the technology in targeted localities.
The success and spread of innovation to benefit a wider community was due to continuous training of members and other people in the locality.
We continued training and collaborating with other groups and CBOs to ensure the spread of this knowledge and skills on sustainable project and environmental conservation.
It is very important to widely network with all relevant Government authorities like minded community organisations and community members. This tigers ownership of project by the people in all fronts.




Research and introduce briquette for use. Both at households and small-scale industries to solve the ever-soaring prices and shortages of other fuel sources.
Training and equip rural communities especially women and women groups with skills of making briquette charcoal pellets as an affordable cooking fuel sources.
To establish a rural small scale factory to produce briquette, while creating employment to the local people and many youth who have just completed high school institutions.

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