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At Potter's Briquette's, Abraham has begun the production of his renewable briquettes.  To make his product he combines locally sourced waste materials and sugarcane remains.  Through this process he is both cleaning up his community and creating a product that is better for the environment and people's health.  Check out how he does it:

Behind the Inspiration:   "Many slum dwellers in places like Kibera live in single rooms measuring 10 x 10 that serve as bedroom and kitchen, divided only by a piece of cloth.  These rooms are poorly ventilated.  When wood charcoal or Kerosene stoves are used for cooking, smoke is produced, which is very harmful to humans. Indoor air pollution caused by cooking with open fire and solid fuel is the fourth largest cause of death in third world countries (WHO 2001).  For example, a woman and her two young children in my neighborhood were found suffocated in their one room house from carbon monoxide produced by wood charcoal. There is a dire need for alternative fuels for cooking and heating that are environmentally friendly."  -Abraham   Market size: Abraham is starting with a target of reaching 250 households in his village of Kibera.  His potential market at scale is over 800,000 homes that exist within Kibera.   Price: Abraham charges 30 ksh (.30 USD) per kg which is the equivalent price of charcoal briquettes.       

Behind the Inspiration:  

"Many slum dwellers in places like Kibera live in single rooms measuring 10 x 10 that serve as bedroom and kitchen, divided only by a piece of cloth.  These rooms are poorly ventilated.  When wood charcoal or Kerosene stoves are used for cooking, smoke is produced, which is very harmful to humans. Indoor air pollution caused by cooking with open fire and solid fuel is the fourth largest cause of death in third world countries (WHO 2001).  For example, a woman and her two young children in my neighborhood were found suffocated in their one room house from carbon monoxide produced by wood charcoal. There is a dire need for alternative fuels for cooking and heating that are environmentally friendly."  -Abraham

 

Market size:

Abraham is starting with a target of reaching 250 households in his village of Kibera.  His potential market at scale is over 800,000 homes that exist within Kibera.

 

Price:

Abraham charges 30 ksh (.30 USD) per kg which is the equivalent price of charcoal briquettes.