Uganda - Partnership development case study

In October of 2011 Arbores worked with colleagues from Living Earth, London, UK to develop a partnership project that builds local enterprise for production of sustainable energy resources.

This project was designed to improve livelihoods for disadvantaged communities in Kampala’s urban slums with activities to create employment and raise incomes through development of sustainable enterprise that turns waste into charcoal briquettes.

Working particularly with unemployed young people and women, the project supports development of enterprise that responds to increasing demand for energy in the target locations. The briquettes produced are 25%-50% cheaper than traditional charcoal.

In Uganda traditional charcoal is the primary source of energy for cooking. Between 2008 and 2011, the cost of a 90kg bag of charcoal went from $5 to $40, placing a severe burden on domestic budgets.

At Kampala in Uganda, Mrs Ocheng shows The Living Earth Team how to prepare the materials used to make charcoal briquettes.


A honeycomb briquette can burn for 6 of 7 hours.



The briquette process uses plentiful organic waste materials to produce an alternative fuel that alleviates the strain on the forests for fire wood.

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