ARTI-Tanzania has officially begun the Waste to Wealth Project with the first trainings starting in Bagamoyo. The project to “promote charcoal briquettes in Tanzania” is being carried out with support from the World Bank’s Biomass Energy Initiative for Africa (BEIA).
Three trainings have been completed to date in Dunda, Magomeni and Kiromo villages in Bagamoyo District. The selection of participants for the training was also done carefully to ensure at least one male and one female from each hamlet of the Ward was selected. This was initiated by the village councils who want to ensure the training reaches to as many corners of their Ward as possible.
Following each training the participants have worked to form charcoal briquetting groups with an idea to collectively produce, promote and sell briquettes. The groups elected leaders to organize activities and are in the process of writing bankable business plans to move their fledging enterprises forward, which will help create “green jobs” while protecting the environment.
About the Waste to Wealth Project
The goal of the project is to target existing charcoal producers and facilitate their transition from cutting trees to using dry biomass to produce charcoal sustainably.
The training has focused on fabrication of charcoal kilns, pyrolyzing of dry biomass for the production of char powder, charcoal briquetting using manual extruders and setting up rural briquetting enterprises. The project aims to train 1800 rural Tanzanians in 60 villages in 4 districts bordering Dar es Salaam…where most of the charcoal for the city is produced.
Trainings started in Bagamoyo in March 2011 and run for two weeks every month for a period of 6 months. 9 more villages will receive training in bagamoyo over the next three months before moving on Kibaha, Kisararwe and Mkuranga Districts in the 18 months completion of the trainings in Bagamoyo.
So far the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT) the Bagamoyo District council, District Forest Officers (DFO’s) and the Ward and Village Councils have been instrumental in ensuring successful trainings from the start of the project in Bagamoyo.
The ARTI-TZ team is overwhelmingly happy with the success in the first three trainings, especially how the groups have proven to be resourceful and creative with their new found opportunity. We look forward seeing more of the same success.