Protecting forests by providing alternative to wood charcoal

We are manufacturing charcoal briquettes from the maize cobs and rice husks that are smokeless, clean and burn for period of time. The briquettes burn with a pleasant scent that make you enjoy the cooking while in the kitchen. The scent produced kills mosquitoes instantly because of the additives hence controls malaria.

How Briquettes are made:

Briquetting is carried out on raw biomass to improve the density, burn time and other energy characteristics and to turn it into a size and shape to suit its purpose. Raw materials are sometimes carbonized first to produce charcoal, which can then be compacted into a briquette. If the feedstock is not already in powder form, it needs to be ground prior to briquetting. Depending on the material, the pressure and the speed of compaction, additional binders such as starch or clay soil may also be needed to bind the matter together. Briquettes can be made on both a small and industrial scale. Although a variety of types and scales of machines and equipment can be used, the main processing steps remain the same.

Wood charcoals are made from trees. To produce one ton of charcoal, you need 10 – 15 trees of 5 to 10 years. Tanzania alone consumes over 2,800 tons of wood charcoals. Our major concern as Fasttrack Entrepreneurs is to protect natural species of all kind. The shrunked forests must be reclaimed. Providing an alternative to wood charcoals means total restoration of forests. When we fully launch our production, we will be able to produce 2,000 tons of charcoal briquettes that will be almost to equal to the wood charcoal consumed annually in Tanzania. This will increase maize and rice productions since we will also support small scale farmers by providing subsidies. By 2020, our production will increase by 30 – 40% annually. This will ensure the project is self-sustaining .

The government through NEMC (National Environmental Management Council) has banned the use of wood charcoals. When talking about environment, it is not about the crop or animal in danger; we are talking about life as a whole. Protecting environment is protecting life. Every human and every living creature is the stakeholder and the beneficiary as well.

Our products are already in the marketing. We daily receive orders which we are unable to meet due to poor technology we are currently using. We are using a manual briquetting machine capable of producing one sack per day. That is why we need investors to invest in our idea as they expect huge returns in a short period of time.

Stopping deforestation means success to us. Our objective is to provide a sack of charcoal briquettes to every household in Africa by 2030. If we can be able to meet our objective in the time provided, that will mean success to us.

Climate change has become the talk of the day. Everyone of on this planet is affected in one way or the other. Somewhere the snow is melting on high mountains, somewhere the land has completely dried up and somewhere else the whirl winds are sweeping away buildings. Every day, 80 – 95% of families in both rural and urban areas eat maize ugali/product. By adding value to maize crop means adding value to social life. There will be stores of charcoal briquettes across the country. In every zone there will be a big manufacturing plant. By 2030, 200,000 direct jobs will have been created from this innovation. Our product also brings to the table a permanent solution to deadly disease called malaria. The scent produced from the charcoal briquettes kills mosquitoes instantly. Malaria claims millions of lives in Africa.

Through this product, I want to create an empire in Africa that has never been created before. I want to provide the charcoal briquettes to 100 million people across Africa at USD$15 and make a fortune of USD $ 20 billion annually. This is not about being rich! It is being ultra-rich as I serve mankind.

To me to offer the solution to the climate change is a prestige, and to my community life standards are lifted, jobs are created, environment is restored and above all life is made a whole once again.

Our major concern as Fasttrack Entrepreneurs is to protect natural species of all kind. The shrinked forests must be reclaimed. Providing an alternative to wood charcoals means total restoration of forests. When we fully launch our production, we will be able to produce 2,000 tons of charcoal briquettes that will be almost to equal wood charcoal consumed annually in Tanzania. This will increase maize and rice productions since we will also support small scale farmers by providing subsidies. By 2020, our production will increase by 30 – 40% annually. This will ensure self-sustaining of the project.

The government through NEMC (National Environmental Management Council) has banned the use of wood charcoals. When talking about environment, it is not about the crop or animal in danger; we are talking about life as a whole. Protecting environment is protecting life. Every human and every living creature is the stakeholder and the beneficiary as well.

Our products are already in the marketing. We daily receive orders which we are unable to meet due to poor technology we are currently using. We are using a manual briquetting machine capable of producing one sack per day. That is why we need investors to invest in our idea as they expect huge returns in a short period of time.

Stopping deforestation means success to us. Our objective is to provide a sack of charcoal briquettes to every household in Africa by 2030. If we can be able to meet our objective in the time provided, that will mean success to us.

Climate change has become the talk of the day. Everyone of on this planet is affected in one way or the other. Somewhere the snow is melting on high mountains, somewhere the land has completely dried up and somewhere else the whirl winds are sweeping away buildings. Every day, 80 – 95% of families in both rural and urban areas eat maize ugali/product. By adding value to maize crop means adding value to social life. There will be stores of charcoal briquettes across the country. In every zone there will be a big manufacturing plant. By 2030, 200,000 direct jobs will have been created from this innovation. Our product also brings to the table a permanent solution to deadly disease called malaria. The scent produced from the charcoal briquettes kills mosquitoes instantly. Malaria claims millions of lives in Africa.

Through this product, I want to create an empire in Africa that has never been created before. I want to provide the charcoal briquettes to 100 million people across Africa at USD$15 and make a fortune of USD $ 20 billion annually. This is not about being rich! It is being ultra-rich as I serve mankind.

To me to offer the solution to the climate change is a prestige, and to my community life standards are lifted, jobs are created, environment is restored and above all life is made a whole once again.

Daniel Marwa Obiya, Tanzania

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