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Schools in Briquette making for climate change mitigation


Before Uwezo Youth Development Project (UYDP) introduced the briquette making project, with the help of ERMIS Africa through the Climate Action Programme for Schools and Youth (CAPSAY), the people of Shimanzi in Mombasa County had no idea about briquettes. Some confessed that they had never seen or even heard of them. However, the situation is a little bit different now.

After holding briquette making demonstrations and creating awareness about their use, a section of the community now understands what they are. They can now tell how they are used and their difference as compared to ordinary charcoal.

Through such experiences, UYDP hopes to promote the use of fuel briquettes to more residents. By so doing the briquettes will gradually become more commonly used and the community will also increase their knowledge about climate change impacts and what personal actions they can take to combat the same.

Step 1: Sort out the materials you wish to put into the briquette: Agricultural residues and Municipal processing waste
Step 2: Chop the material up and let the agricultural residues stand until partially decomposed
Step 3: Mix the material into a soupy slurry in water.

Step 5: Dry the briquettes under a shade for a few days before use.
Step 4: Squeeze the slurry inside a porous cylindrical mould to create hollow round cylinders or briquettes.

What are the benefits of fuel briquettes?
- Using fuel briquettes means less firewood to chop and charcoal to buy, saving you time and money and putting less pressure on natural resources
- If you make your own briquettes from waste materials, you cook for free!
- You can make money from selling briquettes
- Briquettes mean less rubbish in the streets and in dumps