Briquettes are an environmental friendly alternative for chopped and/or collected wood and charcoal. They are made from materials that people otherwise would throw away: for example rice husks (from the local rice mill), saw dust (from a saw mill), peanuts shells, leaves, old paper and cartons. Out of nothing people are creating something (=value addition). Schools, shops and banks keep old paper and carton separately and these are – just like the other materials – collected by bicycle trailer.
Marcel trains and coaches groups in the production and sales of these briquettes. Together with a local craftsman (tinsmith) he has also developed a cook stove especially for this new type of briquette (or smaller amount of wood) and the cooking habits in Malawi.
The project gives income during the dry season (April – December) to the six – seven group members per briquettes production group, who are running their own business.
Thanks to the Mwanawaleza Foundation the Masomphenya Owala Group has got a well, a water pump and work place.