How Recycling Agricultural Waste Into Fuel Keeps Girls in School

In about ten years, every household in Sub-Saharan Africa that needs fuel can have access to clean and affordable fuel. Tweet This Quote

Eco-Fuel Africa converts thousands of tons of agricultural waste into clean, inexpensive, cooking fuel for Africans. Today, the company works with over 2,500 farmers and a network of over 600 women retailers (who earn $150+ a month from retailing Eco-Fuel’s briquettes).

Girls in East Africa spend upwards of five hours a day gathering fire wood for cooking fuel. Eco-Fuel’s briquettes eliminate this need and ensure girls don’t skip school to gather wood. Furthermore, Eco-Fuel economically empowers marginalized mothers by turning them into micro-entrepreneurs. This enables them to on average triple their income which they use to send their daughters to school.


This post is part of a series profiling ventures in first accelerator program dedicated to impacting the lives of millions of girls in poverty. For more information on the program, check out the Girl Effect Accelerator website.

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  • l2yza

    What an awesome solution, and even more extraordinary is Mr. Moses’ dedication.This man surely deserves more publicity and credit then what he is currently receiving. Hopefully greed stays out of the equation, because I don’t see whats stopping all of the farmers from just making the briquettes themselves and racking up the prices to make even more money.

  • csturk

    His story is very gripping, and the solution he created is so very well planned out and beneficial to all parties involved. He has true entrepreneurial spirit. The title of the video doesn’t quite capture the grand picture of good his product is generating. Not only does it keep girls in school, but it also increases the stakeholders income, it prevents further deforestation and pollution, and does so much more. It excites me to see what an impact one man can have on a whole country, and I can’t wait to see how this product continues to change lives.

  • kgallaher

    I really like how this article/ video emphasizes how it will help girls. I think he has great potential and I am interested in learning more about Eco-Fuel Africa.

  • Dena Keizer

    It was neat to listen to him and see how much passion he has that he even quit his job with only $500 in savings. It was cool how it all started because he loves his sister so much and from that he saw a big change that needed to happen.

  • eljefeboulder

    Very cool how he realizes the value in the value in his education and the education of his little sister. Additionally, it is awesome that instead of finding a solution for just his sister, he took it a step further and is helping many other people with the same problems!

  • Eric Strimple

    It’s great to see this level of innovation coming to Sub-Saharan Africa. Innovations like these are what allow fewer and fewer people to take part in the agricultural profession and begin to enter more industrial and technological areas, starting with education. It allows more and more minds to come together in a culture to provide even more breakthroughs. We take these kind of things for granted in the western world where less than 3% of the population needs to work in agricultural fields, and it is wonderful to see this happening in more and more places in the world.

  • John Mulhern

    I absolutely agree. This brings up an excellent point about how much power we all actually have. He was able to start a business to completely alter the economic system of that Sub-Saharan village and many others as well all off of just $500 of savings! Truly inspirational and he poses a wonderful challenge to all of us to see how much we can help and how much of a difference we can make.

  • syla6029

    This is truly an inspiring post. He was motivated by strong feelings, which is why he was so successful. His personal connection to the country changed the lives of thousands of people. If more people could come up with ideas and businesses specific to their homeland, there would be greater changes everywhere. He knew exactly what his family and thousands of other families needed, and came up with a product. Americans may have never thought of this idea because we do not need to walk 6 miles for wood, so for him to be able to make such a big difference with such little money is amazing.

  • Katie Larson

    Converting waste into fuel is one of the most pragmatic ways to fuel a society. By using agricultural waste to create fuel you can reduce the carbon footprint of that waste-converted fuel because the plants that generate the waste are also absorbing the CO2 that the eco-fuel emits. Why deforest lands or extract and burn fossil fuels generated millions of years ago when you can tackle the problem of waste and CO2 emmisions with the use of eco-fuels? In general, Eco-Fuel Africa is an all-around sustainable venture.

  • rschneider2800

    I also think the idea of using waste to solve a problem like this is incredibly innovative. I also think this is a wonderful way that another project could partner with this one to start rebuilding to forests of Africa. I see so many opportunities of education that can sprout from this one alone. I love how this started because he wanted his sister to go to school, but soon it became about the health of the entire community, then the entire country. This could help girls go to school, decrease pollution, increase incomes, and regrow the forests all together.

  • Erin Todd

    I really support this idea. Eco-Fuel Africa can use the waste we as humans have been omitting into useful ways that will also help the world. Eco-Fuel Africa should focus on Africa but also consider that a project/idea like this is needed all over the world. We will not have enough fossil fuels according to geologists to sustain the world in the coming centuries and need an alternative solution.

  • sadeakindele

    I completely agree, this is a wonderful idea that has potential on many fronts. Innovative ideas like this one that recycle waste rather than create more of it are exactly what we need. I was at first concerned that charcoal would mean it would have a polluting effect, but it seems that it is in fact cleaner than the current options…I can’t wait for this to spread and have even more human/environmental benefits!!

  • Jack Strader

    I think the idea is incredibly innovative and inspiring and once again is another great look into the future of sustainable enterprise, sustainably minded entrepreneurs and alternative energy and fuel use. My only problem for this video and a few of the other videos is how these great ideas are supposed to help women but mainly focus on their primary directive which is solving environmental, economic and/or social issues while just throwing in that it helps women as a side note. I’m not trying to dismantle the great causes and problems that these videos and entrepreneurs are fixing but I would like to see some videos that start with a women related issue and stick to the topic of how this issue is fixed for women and hopefully by women because I’d also love to see more women speakers and entrepreneurs being featured, especially if this grouping of videos is going to focus on women.

  • Mallory Benham

    Another great idea to benefit women and young girls while also providing a way to better the environment. I am looking forward to seeing the outcomes of Eco- Fuel Africa. It is amazing what can come from a small interaction between family members!

  • danphaw

    It’s hard to believe in 2015 that there are still countries that have to chop down trees to use as fuel. I guess since in America that we stoves and outlets we don’t really consider this an issue? But as usual capitalism solves problems locally. This should work as long as some international charity doesn’t object to people profiting off the waste of farmers or some environmental organization doesn’t object to the burning of carbon.

  • danphaw

    Erin they’ve been predicting the end of “fossil fuels” since I was in grade school, about 30 years or so. I use quoted around “fossil fuels” because that’s really a misnomer. Petroleum is decayed organic matter that comes from unknown sources. Way back after WWII Russia had to find a way to supply it’s own energy. They tasked Russian and Ukrainian scientists with finding oil in Russia. What they discovered is that oil is created.

    “To recapitulate, Stalin’s team of scientists and engineers found that oil is not a ‘fossil fuel’ but is a natural product of planet earth – the high-temperature, high-pressure continuous reaction between calcium carbonate and iron oxide – two of the most abundant compounds making up the earth’s crust. This continuous reaction occurs at a depth of approximately 100 km at a pressure of approximately 50,000 atmospheres (5 GPa) and a temperature of approximately 1500°C, and will continue more or less until the ‘death’ of planet earth in millions of years’ time. The high pressure, as well as centrifugal acceleration from the earth’s rotation, causes oil to continuously seep up along fissures in the earth’s crust into subterranean caverns, which we call oil fields. Oil is still being produced in great abundance, and is a sustainable resource – by the same definition that makes geothermal energy a sustainable resource. All we have to do is develop better geotechnical science to predict where it is and learn how to drill down deep enough to get to it. So far, the Russians have drilled to more than 13 km and found oil. In contrast, the deepest any Western oil company has drilled is around 4.5 km.”

    So, even though there were predictions made that we would have run out of oil by now there is more oil being produced than ever before.

  • malopez93

    This is a great idea that was sparked by simply going back to where you came from. When you are in the middle of a problem you wont always see it. It takes you walking away or making it out, and then returning to your home to notice a problem. This is yet another great idea where we can take steps on bettering third-world countries lives simply by recycling waste. This is something that could and should be brought to light here in America as well I believe. Yes we don’t rely on wood for our fuel but at the same time we have so much waste in America, why not take the waste we produce and either use it here in the states, or simply ship it over seas to help profit and benefit the people that need it. In the process we will continue to help clean up the planet, and not leave such a big footprint like we are in our current state.

  • kt_ford

    I am also looking forward to seeing the outcomes of Eco-Fuel Africa. I think it is really cool that he decided to make a difference because of his sister. I don’t really see how this is focusing on girls, but i still think this is a great start to help others.

  • Matthew Montoya

    I absolutely agree that recycling waste to be utilized as fuel is not only sustainable, but also a concrete solution to the challenges these people every day. I was completely blown away when the speaker announced that the harmful fumes from burning the wood was extremely dangerous to the families who rely on it for basic necessities such as cooking their food. So not only is this a concrete sustainable solution in terms of reciprocity and application, but it also may save the lives of many people. I think a theme in each of these videos is that these entrepreneurs have the courage not not simply identify a problem, but feel a hunger to develop feasible solutions. This has been incredible to see as each project is presented.

  • Marcy Glad

    What an incredible contribution to potential improvement in worldwide economic stability. Allowing girls to experience more education rather than being obligated to fuel gathering tasks that would displace school time is a way to give females in developing countries better opportunities for equality in education. Other life opportunities tend to follow improved classroom learning, such as better jobs and increased stakes in community leadership. More economic security in turn leads to less vulnerable populations. This man’s desire to alleviate his sister’s suffering almost certainly will better the lives of countless other people.

  • storres001

    I think it’s really cool how he started this whole project because he wanted his sister to get an education. By making the distributors women, he’s giving girls a chance to not only be educated in a trade, but to be a major part in helping the overall quality of life in Uganda. That’s amazing.

  • Halea McAteer

    One of the most powerful things for me about these posts is how much compassion these people are showing for so many. So far, most of the people who are creating these innovations are people whom these issues do not even directly affect, and yet they are willing to give up so much just because they see the injustices so many others are facing. Truly inspirational, and it shows that no matter what our circumstances, there really is no excuse to see injustice and turn our heads the other way.

  • karnold001

    I am truly amazed by the impact that this man is going to make in Uganda. The inability for children, especially girls, to go to school has consistently been a problem in this part of the world, and this man’s innovation is going to help these girls get a quality education. Additionally, he is creating job opportunities and recycling waste in order to make fuel. Amazing!

  • Jeremy Rhone

    This is great idea, and on the surface it works well – turning waste into a usable product, stimulating the economy, and reducing labor for his sister ( and possibly some other children) so that there is more time for academics. As I look deeper into it, I see pros and cons both. The fact that this could slow down the deforestation of Uganda is a benefit. I don’t see it stopping completely. My concern is that demand is outpacing supply. I assume that everyone reading this knows what happens to any product this occurs with – the price increases. As the price of EFA increases, less people will be able to afford it, and they’ll go back to burning wood. By substantially increasing the incomes of farmers and the women who run the distribution of EFA, I would expect to see an income-class spread begin to evolve. This has the potential to push the people that are barely making it now further into poverty.

  • pach8453

    I am very impressed with the idea of recycling waste in order to create fuel. People in Africa do not like to let anything go to waste because of the very limited amount of resources they have so using waste to create energy is extremely beneficial. This invention is helping to create jobs for people which is an extreme upgrade. I am not very sure what this has to do with only keeping women in school but I am very curious to see how this is all played out.

  • epmcinty

    I find it amazing how a simple resource like wood, something we think is so minuscule and take for granted in a majority of the US, is the stem for some of the most tragic issues in Uganda today. I think this man has found a truly innovative strategy on attacking this problem. It is astounding how using agricultural wastes that every nation contains can completely flip this dilemma and boost the economy, provide more jobs, and even boost health/prevent premature deaths from faulty fume exposure. I am sincerely excited to see the flourishing outcomes Uganda will have as a result of this simple yet ingenious plan that will touch base on so many aspects. However, as amazing and successful it sounds, I also want to see the more economical, realistic calculations to EFA. How affordable is the green charcoal going to be? There is such a high demand, will they be able to keep up? Will they have to raise prices? Seeing more logistics would be very significant for the future EFA beholds. Anyway, going to look out for more updates to come!

  • Katie

    I think Eco-Fuel Africa is a great idea and is beneficial in many ways. The story he tells in the beginning is devastating because his sister was denied to right to part of her education in order to carry wood. This idea will not only help the environment, but will allow young girls the ability to stay in school. This is also beneficial because it increases the income of farmer’s my 50%. This man shows a great deal of compassion and is trying to change the world one step at a time.

  • Arnthor Kristinsson

    I think that using waste to create energy or fuel for the houses is a great idea. I’ve seen similar things done with waste to provide fuel for cars. I just wonder if there are more energy-options with waste that could be used?
    The best part about the lecture was when he said :”everyone wins in the process”. The business plan is succesful for everybody that are involved.

  • James Callahan

    What a great solution to a terrible problem. It is very creative to find a solution to a problem that not only increases income and also creates jobs, but also lowers the cost for a product that is causing the problem in the first place. One question that I have is that for families, such as Sanga Moses’, that has to collect wood because they cannot afford to buy wood in the marketplace, would they be able to afford to buy Eco-Fuel briquettes? Based on the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, in 2009 the average rural Ugandan household had a monthly income of just under $78 (USD) per month. In some regions, it was as low as $41 (USD) per month.

  • Katie Larson

    I agree with your definition that fossil fuels are naturally occurring byproducts of decaying organic material, temperature, pressure, and time and therefore “renewable” in the literal sense of the word. However, I disagree that the solution to our fossil fuel dependence is as simple as predicting “where it is and [learning] how to drill down deep enough to get to it”. For example, if and when a “where” is discovered considerations of political instability, geographic location and environmental impact complicate the accessing of the fossil fuel (e.g, the Middle East, off-shore drilling sites, and Alaska). Subsequently, drilling “down deep enough” presents its own problems from technological barriers to unanticipated environmental disasters (e.g., the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill). In addition, we have substantially drained, for the time being, many of the planet’s relatively accessible fossil fuel reserves.
    Yes, we can search for new fossil fuel reserves, dig deeper into the earth’s crust, or even wait for pressure, temperature, and decaying organic materials to create new reserves (this might take a while). But wouldn’t it be easier and less taxing on our climate to direct our attention towards renewable (in its modern connotation) energy sources (e.g., wind, solar, hydro-electric and bio-fuels).
    I don’t mean to infer that our fossil fuel dependence will end tomorrow or ever, because it is too intensely intwined in our global society. Instead, I think we should stray away from the “simple solution” paradigm that your definition presents. We can no longer solely rely on fossil fuels as our source of energy. Solving the world’s energy crisis will take more than predicting where fossil fuel reserves are located and digging deep enough to reach them.
    *Side note: if you are interested in oil as an energy source you might consider researching algae-based biofuels.

  • danphaw

    I don’t believe we have ever depended solely on oil, have we? I am aware of biofuels and I have talked at length with someone in the biofuels industry. It can never be scaled up to produce the quantity needed to replace natural oil. Algae based biofuels are the same process that takes place naturally under the ground. Also, I don’t understand how something that comes from the ground naturally can cause environmental disasters? What happened to the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico? They never found large amounts of oil. It was eaten by micro algae, much the same way they make biofuel. You might want to reread this part of the quote I pulled from a much larger article.

    “To recapitulate, Stalin’s team of scientists and engineers found that oil is not a ‘fossil fuel’ but is a natural product of planet earth – the high-temperature, high-pressure continuous reaction between calcium carbonate and iron oxide – two of the most abundant compounds making up the earth’s crust. This continuous reaction occurs at a depth of approximately 100 km at a pressure of approximately 50,000 atmospheres (5 GPa) and a temperature of approximately 1500°C, and will continue more or less until the ‘death’ of planet earth in millions of years’ time.”

    Wind or solar have their place but they are not a panacea. Solar panels require rare Earth minerals that have to be mined, wind mills only work when the wind blows. There are no perfect solutions, just trade offs.

    Oil is a natural byproduct of the Earth, from two of the most abundant compounds in the crust of the Earth. I find that very refreshing and reassuring that we could potentially have a limitless energy source. So I don’t subscribe to the notion that there is an energy crisis. The fact that it alarms some people says more about their politics than the actual desire to solve the issue. As a wise man once said, the simplest answer is usually the best.

  • jsims001

    This is an inspiring story and Eco-friendly business model. The fact that this man saw a real problem in the life of his family and country, educated himself on the things he didn’t fully understand, and created a sustainable, socially responsible, and Eco-friendly business to solve the problem is amazing to me. Not only is he helping mothers, daughters, and the environment, he is promoting change of thought and education. I hope he can continue to make a difference in the lives of people all over Africa and even spread his idea to other parts of the world that are agriculturally dominant and facing serious deforestation.

  • Gaby Perez

    Yes I agree! We had mentioned in class how a lot of these projects don’t exaclty connect to only girls. These products are helping a lot of people out but there should be more of that connection specially in the segment they are being presented in “girl accelerator effect.” Although I do think the idea is amazing, it’s taking waste and turning it into something useful.

  • kschwein

    This man’s vision to do this project is truly amazing and he is changing more lives than he knows. This will not only stimulate the economy but also provide more time for girls in their academics. With projects like these, all it takes is one and the rest will come with a snowball effect changing lives all over Africa. I am looking forward to looking at more projects like this being done to better the African community.

  • dannyjoseph14

    Sounds like a creative and sustainable solution that not only increases education opportunities for girls, but also reduces deforestation, creates local jobs, recycles waste, and increases efficiency. Very cool to see the wide stretching benefits of an innovation inspired to help girls stay in school. My only question is, although this fuel burns cleaner than wood, does it really decrease the health issues that many Africans face associated with burning organic fuel to cook inside the house?

  • Teresa Joyce

    The story was inspiring which started with the thought of how to keep children in school. When the problem was analysed there is more than that one problem. It’s so nice to see how one person’s determination can benefit so many. Thank you Sanga for sharing your story with us, it is truly inspiring.

  • Will Carter

    I was wondering that too, so I looked it up. It’s really hard to find info on “green charcoal”—it seems that the term “biomass briquette” is more generally used (although that term can apply to many different types of briquettes, made in a large variety of ways). It seems like less smoke from more complete combustion (due to much lower moisture content in briquettes) is in fact one of the claimed benefits of biomass briquettes over wood and other biomass fuels.

    I really like the idea of putting all that agricultural waste to use, and it would be really cool to see more of that sort of thing in the developed world as well, as a way to reduce fossil carbon emissions.

  • James Sullivan

    I thought it was very interesting how they created this sustainable charcoal for their local communities and how it grew in only a few years. It amazes me that he started his research to help his sister to get poper education and turns out he developed revenue and jobs for local ugandans. It slows down deforrestation, increase jobs, and last longer. These things have a huge impact on our everyday lives which makes them over all better, even his sister. He is going to save many lives, trees, and land with his solution and its going. Way to figure out how to be sustainable off of your own waste and developed a route to get you’re sister an education she deserve.

  • Jessica Andrew

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring story! This reminded me of one of my classes. One of my classes is supporting The Girl Effect by putting on bake sales. We have multiple groups in our class and we are doing a bake sale to raise money for The Girl Effect. We will be sending 100% of the profits to this effect to help girls to be able to attend school. I am very excited to help contribute into this effect and help girls continue to be educated.

  • glmcguir

    It’s amazing how this man accomplished this with only a background in accounting. He saw a problem that affected his family directly and chose to quit his job to fix this problem. It was a bold move and made a huge difference.

  • kbell003

    I agree with your train of thought. I think that he tried to incorporate his little sister into the discussion so that he could show how helpful it is to women. I wonder though if the women in these countries are really benefiting from the fire. Are they just making the fire for cooking or are they able to use the light to do their homework or go to school more? I would be interested to see how this movement changes the schooling system.

  • Abbusse11

    What a fantastic young man. He saw a problem and helped find a solution for his own sister. Now he has made a huge difference in many young peoples lives. I would love to invest in this concept. He has found a serious void and has given life to many.

  • JuanFonseca1995

    This man has strategized a productive plan that will bring many positive changes to Uganda. His solutions will resolve the issue of girls being kept from school, as well as increasing the income of mothers so that they provide more resources for their children. Across the board, you can see the passion this man has for helping his country, and his big heart is what drives him to be a catalyst for change in Uganda. His humility and character is outstanding and he will bring hope to Uganda by implementing his plan.

  • asprain

    Great idea helping Uganda and their people going to school. This doesn’t only solve a problem but helps the people as a whole country with education.

  • 204Ted

    This is great to see that someone saw a problem, investigated and it worked towards finding a solution. The fact that he has great pride in his country, community and family and to further help them succeed shows that people with the passion to solve a problem can figure out a way. I think the only way this could get any better is if the demand could meet the supply sooner than the proposed timeline.

  • GSonDUBS

    It is so inspiring that one person, who is an accountant, can make such major different not just the community, but soon the whole country. Not to mention the cleaner air and reduced waste will also effect globally. Amazing!!!! So happy to see that.

  • David Ingerman

    This man is a true entrepreneur and accountant. Researching and finding problems he could fix to help kids like his sister live a better life shows amazing dedication to his country. The accountant in him found a cost efficient way to find a heating resource for his people. Effectively, his organization has been able to reduce tons of unused polluting waste and now provides so many family with this needed resource. It is extremely unfortunate how many of these families were seeing deaths by burning the wood that they had to walk for six miles to collect, it is amazing that Eco-Fuel Africa has been able to provide these people with a cheaper and safer resource. This program has really helped these families that would normally spend 40% of their income on an unsafe product, spend less and be able to live with a better life.

  • fkrutsky

    What blows my mind is that one little girl inspired this product that will save so many lives and provide an earth friendly product to families that need it. There are so many amazing organization that are trying to prevent the spread of disease and illness with education and little did we know that indoor air pollution was killing so many people. This product is informing the communities as much as they are providing them with a solution that benefits everybody on the way. Simply amazing!

  • Abbusse11

    I loved this video. It was so inspiring the love and care. I am working on a project with some students for a project in Kosovo. I am going to certainly share his ideas with them. Fantastic! Seems so simple of a resolve when he talked about it.

  • Britt27LaM

    I love the connection this simple idea has created; it combines eco friendly alternatives, education about disease and illness, and also helps girls stay in school. These all are beneficial for the society now and in the future. These families will be saving time and money by this Eco-fuel product. Amazing!

  • Rvann1

    Love this idea. If this works in Africa imagine the impact that it could have in a developed country.

  • THalter9

    This man did a great job with this product. It truly is a win-win situation for everyone involved. It helps the farmers increase their income with almost no extra work or time involved. It provides a job for all of the people involved in forming the charcoal and then distributing it. Then it also helps all of the families in need of fuel by providing them with affordable fuel that is not harmful to them. I can only hope that many of the other areas in the world where agriculture is a main part of the economy adopt this form of recycling the waste to provide a good source of fuel for the people who need it.

  • sking4air

    This is a good product and idea. What a way to be a business owner. However, the problem with the product is that it does not necessarily fix his sisters problem. Her family still can not afford the 60% cheaper than market bought wood. They have to travel further to find fuel but it sounded like they are finding it. However, if there is not choice but to buy, than this is a fix because it is cheaper than current market priced fuels.

  • Seph56

    Im amazed at all these organizations who are helping better the health and welfare of all these people especially young girls and women. Introducing an affordable eco friendly and safer product will definitely benefit their families.

  • Slajoie23

    Another great company doing great things for our youth! Especially those that are not in the best of financial and educational positions. Education is so important but so is having food in the table and unfortunately in many parts of Africa, woman and young girls cannot focus on an education because their family relies on them to help with the support of maintaining their daily chores and taking care of family members, etc. it’s good to see something like this!

  • wschutt

    I think you bring up a great point here. This company is doing amazing things by creating opportunities for women to have food and education at their disposal! I remember my great grandmother telling me about how she would not be able to attend school sometimes so that she could help take care of the farm.–A completely different, but somewhat similar situation (where duties hold priority over an education). My point, though, is that the lack of opportunity to receive an education due to other duties having priority, creates an new appreciation for knowledge itself.

    I think that the increase in opportunities created by this company to take advantage of an education will have a domino effect on the future of many lives. The higher education will help women get better paying jobs, and trickle down towards helping support future generations’ educational experiences as well.

  • JakeEllis7

    I agree this guy is fantastic. We need more people to look at situations like this to help create a change for the good in less fortunate societies. Most people always just try to send money or goods to 3rd world countries, when really what they need is some innovation in their own societies.

  • FalkinerRR23

    The fact that this man decided to give up his accountant job to help find a solution for his own sister is amazing. This product helps everyone in the community from farmers, to retailers and then to their own families and it has made a huge difference in many young peoples lives.

  • Glassborow

    This is such a great video, this man made such a sacrifice to help his sister to get her education. I think every child deserves to be able to get educated and this man made sure he could allow that by making such an innovating product! The fact that its made out of waste is really great, and lowers the price so families with lower income can still afford it. Great job!

  • Alexa A Dralle

    This is a beautiful story. It’s amazing that this idea came from one man who wanted to make a better life for his sister. And now not only has he helped his sister, but he has helped better the lives of so many other girls in Uganda, farmers, and everybody else who benefits from the production and sales of EFA. I truly hope this spreads across Africa and continues to better and save lives.

  • Matt48085

    I agree, and it’s pretty incredible what these organizations are doing. If we had more people in the world doing work like this we would be much better off.

  • Lauren Schlicht

    Great idea! I liked how he said education is the one opportunity you have to make for a better life. He is such a wonderful role model to his little sister. I was amazed to see that pollution alone was killing more people then those who had AIDS or any other type of disease. With a medical approach, treatment is required…no questions…it should only be looked at in a similar manner when it comes to the environment. Eco-Fuel Africa is having such a wonderful impact on Uganda. Wonderful environmentalist approach!

  • Seph56

    I believe everyone should get an education and it is a great thing they are doing to help these young girls and women. Because their families rely on them so much to take care of them this new innovation would really benefit them altogether. With the women’s ability to receive an education they can find good paying jobs to help further assist their families.

  • skylar365

    I think this idea is great, and I love that he had a comfortable life being an accountant but threw it away to find a solution to help his community and sister. I think the most inspiring part of this invention is the way
    it impacts everyone and is helpful for all parties involved. One of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur is accepting all of your stakeholder’s opinions and needs as well as including society and the environment as a stakeholder. I strongly believe in the value and need for education so I am greatly impressed with his motivation to provide several young girls with education. Education is the key to creating a better world.

  • Abby2017

    Education is really important for any society. Women should be able to have the right just like men to be able to be educated. I think that it is amazing that he talks about the air quality and air pollution and he talks about how we can help out with the situation in Uganda. We can hear about it, but we also have a chance to help. He loves his country and cares for the people there. He is very inspiring.

  • Persophine Reid Tiapula

    The world would definitely be a better place if all people were like this. Maybe one day

  • rewebster3

    What an amazing story he tells of wanting to just help; from what I have read in regard to the amount of smoke put out in the ovens that are used in the smaller villages are just horrid and, in some case, the equivalent of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. The solution he brings to the table could be a real life changing solution for, not only, his sister and mother but the vast majority of those who have to walk miles and miles just to get wood to burn.

  • Brooke Bower

    Not only will this help girls stay in school but it’ll actually produce jobs for people and help with their incomes. I believe it is important for girls to get an education. Education is the greatest opportunity that someone has, and they shouldn’t have to miss school because they are carrying wood for their family. He is a great role model for his little sister. I hope he continues to have success and help people.

  • Cameron Morrell

    First of all, very astounding facts about Uganda, and the problems he discovered. I had no idea about the harmful effects of indoor air pollution. Also, it’s hard to imagine an entire country without any forests. I can only imagine that not having any trees would make the issue of air pollution even worse. What is really cool about this idea, is that it really is a win win for everyone involved. The environment, Africa, and all the farmers there benefit. Really great idea.

  • keyser03

    This is such an amazing project! It brings so many social issues together. Poverty, illness, education, equality for girls and women. The world needs to open their eyes and see what is really going on in these places. We can’t ignore these issues any longer. We are all human beings.

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    It is really simple, innovative and an inclusive process to help the families to keep their children in the school, to create jobs and to improve the Eco system. Great.

  • Steven Hass

    Really great to see how they can make reasonable ways to help out people in struggling countries. A lot of time we never realize how time consuming it is to live in that harsh environments. A lot of these things we take for granted, and it’s good to see these types of innovations.

  • Steven Hass

    Really good points. There doesn’t really seem to be any downside to this. Just a really great idea that could hopefully hit a larger scale of people soon.

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    Totally agree. Hopefully, more ideas like this one will be disseminated through other places and by small pieces, we will build a better world for everybody.

  • Karis NuNyambe Balôck

    good short term solution, but we need that waste to fertilize the soils! soon we are going to need artificial fertilizers. So I suggest he partners with eco-stove, they are using volcanic stone with a longevity of 2 years.