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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Chance Barnett

Chance Barnett

Chance is the founding CEO of Crowdfunder. He played an early and significant role in JOBS Act legislation & regulation and is an angel investor and contributor at Forbes.