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Kencoco Limited

Kencoco Limited

Kencoco produces and sells charcoal briquettes from recycled agricultural coconut waste, charcoal dust and resells clean cook stoves. The products are a viable low-cost alternative to environmentally damaging fuels such as firewood, kerosene and wood charcoal.

Kencoco improves cooking in rural Kenya. In addition to selling clean cook stoves, the enterprise produces charcoal briquettes made from coconut shells and husks. Compared to wood charcoal, the briquettes have a similar price, but higher heat intensity and a longer burning time, saving households money.

The enterprise’s products are sold directly to households and to retailers. Along the value chain, mainly women gain opportunities as suppliers of raw materials and sellers of charcoal briquettes in kiosks and markets. 

  • Set up carbonisation kilns in strategic locations along three major coconut producing areas by the end of 2017.
  • Replicate the project in two other locations in Kenya using sugarcane and other waste products as raw materials.
  • Increase production of charcoal briquettes to 200 tonnes per month at the current factory location.
  • Expand the market by increasing consumer trials, providing information and promoting adoption through discounts and free samples.

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