Awamu Biomass Energy

Awamu Biomass Energy: Troika Gasifier Stoves

Kampala, UgandaKampala, Uganda
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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

Gasifier stoves start within 3 minutes and cook faster than traditional wood stoves, are 90% smoke free, up to 50% energy efficient, require no attention to fire while cooking, use little biomass, use a variety of biomass fuels including agricultural residue and make charcoal as a by-product.

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

What if a stove created gas that was used for clean cooking and save the environment?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Over 90% of the Ugandan population still rely on biomass fuels for cooking, and this is mostly with the inefficient 3-stone fire. Improved cookstoves are used in only 10% of the approximately six million Ugandan households. This results in massive pressure on the dwindling forest cover, lots of time spent by women and children collecting firewood and while cooking as well as exposure to Indoor Air Pollution resulting in 20,000 deaths annually.

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

Gasifier stoves start within 3 minutes and cook faster than traditional wood stoves, 90% smoke free and produce less greenhouse emissions because woodgas created and burnt off by the stove, are 40% energy efficient, require no attention to fire while cooking because they are batch-fed, use little biomass fuels, can use a variety of residual biomass fuels and make charcoal as a byproduct which can be used for further cooking or sold off to earn income.
Impact: How does it Work

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

Each stove will save $280 of household income, 1,300 hours of cooking time, reduce 90% of smoke and eliminate 500 kg of CO2 emissions. We will create 35 direct jobs for women and youths in the production and distribution process.

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

Awamu has four youths gainfully employed in the production of gasifier stoves. Three women act as distribution agents to Awamu, earning sales commissions through our enterprise. Awamu also supports five children with school fees and scholastic materials. Awamu has carried participated in 13 trade exhibitions and 34 community awareness campaigns where issues of Indoor Air Pollution, cleaning cooking and climate change have been addressed. We have distributed 2,000 gasifier stoves since October 2012.

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

Awamu wishes to see 20% of the Ugandan households using gasifier stoves which will create employment for over 60 women and youths along the value chain including production, distributions and fuels processing/ sales. Other women will save time while cooking which will allow them to engage in other economic activities for their households. Households (husbands, women and children) will enjoy cooking and use heat for warming themselves during wet seasons since the stoves are cleaner. 468,000 stoves will be distributed in the next five years which will benefit about 2,340,000 people.

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

Awamu will raise money through sales of gasifier stoves and distribution of processed biomass fuels. We will also acquire seed capital through grants and will attract equity investments to upscale our project.

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

There are over 25 companies producing cookstoves in Uganda, mostly specializing in Charcoal stoves. Awamu is the only company making TLUD gasifier stoves. There is one company distributing imported wood stoves from USA. There are over 6 million households in Uganda of which, Awamu has a total addressable market of 500,000 households mostly based in peri-urban and rural communities. Our gasifier stoves are unique in that they use a wide variety of biomass fuels, cook faster, are cleaner and make their own charcoal which can be used for further cooking or sold off to earn an income.

Founding Story

In 2009, Dr. Paul Anderson met Mr. Nolbert Muhumuza during a stoves conference. They discussed possibilities of manufacturing a gasifier stove below $10. Following a World-Bank funded BEIA project in 2011 where Anderson was technical adviser which promoted the Mwoto gasifier stove. The project concluded there was market for gasifier stoves in Uganda. The the two found Awamu Biomass Energy in 2012 to continue the work of the BEIA project.


Dr. Paul Anderson is Finance and Technical Director, he is par-time and unpaid founding member of Awamu. He is based in Illinois USA. Mr. Tusiime Simon is the Accountant, he is part-time and a paid member.
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Giving Hope Foundation
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About Your Project
Organization Name

Giving Hope Foundation

How long has your organization been operating?

Organization Country

, Kampala

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Kampala

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs, Customers.

Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

SEED Award 2013 for Low carbon

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Tell us about your partnerships:

Awamu Biomass Energy works along with international development organizations in Uganda including SVN, GIZ, and WWF in creating awareness and access to clean cooking solutions. We also members to umbrella association like Biomass Energy Efficient Technologies Association (BEETA), Ugandan National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC), the Global Alliance on Clean Cooking (GACC), and the Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC).

Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Gasifier stoves are still new on the Ugandan market, they still require intensive awareness, marketing and offering after-sales support for users in order to aid adaptation. Efforts will focus on creating awareness through demonstrations and access through distributors who will also offer after-sales support for new gasifier stove users at the last mile. We will also provide processed biomass fuels to easy the burden of processing fuels.
The pricing of the stoves is 1.5 times that of other improved stoves however the value propositions of the gasifiers is far superior to other stoves.