Action for Humanitarian Initiative(AFHI Uganda)

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Action for Humanitarian Initiative(AFHI Uganda): Waste to Enery & clean cook stove project

Kampala, UgandaKampala, Uganda
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

This is a social enterprise that works with unemployed youth to produce and market environmentally friendly carbonized charcoal briquettes & clean energy saving stoves from waste and metal around them. This creates employment opportunities, mitigates climate change and improves human health.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

``What if all un employed youth have skills to turn waste and metals into clean energy and save millions of Ugandans from poor cooking habits?``Figure out what Uganda environment will look like two decades to come?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

64% of youth 18-30 years are unemployed (UBOS 2012).3/4 of the population are below the age of 30 years. Unemployed youth are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and sex trade. They are not guided and mislead by politicians for personal agendas. Some youth in Rubaga are in police cells accused of causing violence during walk to work in 2013. Youth lack ability to discover talents and skills in them and their productivity remains underutilized.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Communities targeted are aware of the issues affecting them and only need empowerment to identify their strength to address them. The project builds the capacity of youth through trainings in business and practical skills to make clean cook stoves and briquettes out of wastes and metals. Youth are employed with us to market and promote our products to communities that have limited access, thus creating employment for them.Beneficiaries are provided with counseling and guidance to build their confidence and self esteem to work and effectively communicate with others, appreciate and protect their lives and also turn challenges into opportunities to exploit. Youth are also given saving skills,to make better use of their incomes.


Youth to Youth Fund -International Labour Organisation and European Union
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Imagine vulnerable women and youth who are the majority in slums of Kampala are idle, living without any incomes, moving on streets looking for survival but cannot find work and meeting their basic needs is a challenge. The situation is stressful and forces some of them to addict to drugs, theft,sex trade which put their lives at a risk of HIV/AIDS and violence. Our mentorship program will equip them with business and practical skills in renewable energy technologies, engage them in marketing and promoting the use of clean cook stoves and briquettes. All this effort will enable them acquire jobs, generate households incomes and improve their livelihoods,abdicate sex trade,drug and substance abuse and live with others in peace.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The organisation has trained 100 slum youth in making clean cook stoves and fire briquettes and created 80 jobs. Beneficiaries capacities are built, their confidence and self esteem strengthened and living independently. The enterprise has generated $ 10,000 in l year. Through our energy efficiency research, 1500 households were found using clean cook stoves and briquettes as remedies to indoor air and bad pollution produced by traditional cooking technologies as well as cut on carbon emissions. The technology saves money, energy and lives according to the users. Our Project has displaced harmful kerosene with clean cook stoves. To date, we have been able to support over 10 local green businesses with approximately 500 Metric tonnes of carbon cut. We have 10 distribution points, and plan to expand to 30 points and be able to generate $ 90,000 by 2019.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

We plan to strengthen the existing partnerships with International Labour Organisation and European Union for continued support towards scaling up and replicating the innovation to benefit other marginalized and undeserved communities. We plan to open at least 30 Green Centers in the next 36 months with growing expectation to over 50 in the next 5 years. We plan to update our distribution model such that products reach undeserved communities. Our Enterprise will become among the dominant energy saving cook stove and fire briquette distributors in the next 5 years.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

With the aggressive production and marketing of the fire briquettes and cook stoves, strengthened partnership with existing donors and local NGOs supporting renewable energy innovations, we plan to be sustainable in 5 years. We will train and employ more youth and women n production, sales and marketing such that our products reach market and demanded. Also we will open up more distribution centers at least 50 by the 5th year.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Competitors for briquettes are Nguvu, specialized in non carbonized briquettes and Suppliers Ltd (KJS) produces briquettes from agricultural residues. These target only institutions but ours target domestic consumption. Cook stoves we compete with UgaStove with the largest clean cook stove market share, African Energy Solutions and Up Energy (distributes imported wood stoves i.e. the Biolite and Easy Stoves). All these dealers do not give a right to women and girls to directly sale but work with only distribution points leaving many people under served.Ours gives leverage to sell and earn

Founding Story

Looking at majority of youth and women living in slum areas of Kampala, jobless, on streets, engaged in commercial sex and having untapped talents, potential and abilities l founded AFHI Uganda to help unlock their potential. With the research we carried out and support from international Labour Organisation and European Union, we piloted the idea and trained 150 slum youth and women and started seeing the stoves and briquettes while earning a living. With lack of practical skills for job creation AFHI Uganda offered training, with lack of capital to start businesses we provided jobs in production, sales and marketing. The day they started earning money inspired many and it is ‘’real’’ word.


The AFHI Uganda team has 4 major staff led by Ronald Ssenfuka Clerk a Makerere University graduate with direct guidance from Davidson Madira director NATURAL ENTERPRISES FINANCE & MARKETING AGENCY (NEFIMA) LIMITEDNEFIMA Nsubuga Godfrey a Ndejje University graduate and Sseiga Hanigton a Makerere Business school graduate currently conducting training operations.