Briquettes making projects of COCAWEU is proposed to establish a reasonable income generating activity for COCAWEU women to help boost their financial independence.
Further still, this project has presented its self with an opportunity to save the environment from cutting trees to burn charcoal.
Once in place and operational, we will provide energy efficient options to the community at large to include fuel, cookstove, and tree farming options.
Lastly, in addition to providing biomass energy efficiency solutions and economic opportunities to the COCAWEU women and the broader ugandan community, we expect this project to yield valuable information that will help COCAWEU women economic empowerment develop models for replication elsewhere in Uganda.
Relevance of the Briquettes making project
The proposed briquette production project by COCAWEU would achieve important and substantial environmental and socio-economic benefits. Through the production and sale of close to 10,000 tonnes of briquettes per year it would create 450 jobs or women and support indirectly a further 1000 jobs. It would save 86,000 m3 of fuel wood, around 1.2 % of the currently demand.
The utilisation of gabbage such as banana peals, coffee peals collected from the community would save the city authorities the labor and cost of dumping it to dumping sites.
The strength of this project lies in the experience and findings of the ground research that has been curried concerning the market demand and low costs of production.
Funding the briquettes making projects
We therefore seek of this project for funding on the following basis:
- There will be significant economic, social and environmental benefits resulting from expanded production and sales of manufactured fuels from solid waste and agricultural residues.
- Research conclusions on modern production of briquettes have adequately demonstrated that the process is technically feasible, there is market acceptance and huge sales potential, and the supply of raw material is robust and diverse thus minimising the dependency on any one source.
- The local council in charge of waste collection vaccinate all their staff and issue protective clothing to the waste pickers to minimise the health risks.
- There are significant setup costs during the first 2 years resulting in negative cash flows and financial assistance would be essential to maintain a positive balance over the first 3 years.
- Medium and long-term financial support is currently not available at competitive rates for business development in Uganda.