Many Ugandan farmers and families in off grid rural villages use firewood to cook. Thus, they often struggle with smoky kitchens, suffer from health issues as the fumes are inhaled and have to walk long distances for fuel. This practice also leads to increased deforestation. Gas stoves are not accepted well by the population, as gas is expensive and the gas containers heavy.
Agali Awamu builds an ecosystem that enables farmers to receive clean cooking gas in return for their organic waste.
In some areas of Uganda, most smallholder farmers deliver their produce to a local sugar producer for processing. The factory produces sugar and biological waste. Agali Awamu aims to produce biogas at the factory from this bio-waste. Farmers come to bring their produce and on their way back, they take back biogas for cooking or heating. For transport, a specific backpack is constructed (see second picture), which makes it easier to transport the gas back home.
The business model:
Two possible business models are currently in calculation: 1) The sugar producer pays for the technology and installation of the biogas plant and then runs it himself. 2) Agali Awamu runs the plant and the farmers pay for the biogas.
One biogas plant has already been build and is in operation; two more are currently being built. The two business models are being calculated. Interviews with local farmers are conducted in order to assess the acceptance of bio gas replacing firewood. Cylinders instead of the backpacks are tested.
90 - 95 % of the rural population cooks with firewood and are potential customers
Improving community health as fumes are no longer inhaled
Enabling sugar producers to produce biogas, thus developing an additional revenue stream
Decreasing emissions through enabling rural communities to cook with gas instead of firewood
Kakira Sugar Ltd., Renewable Energy Options Ltd., Awamu Bio Mass Energy Ltd.