Alternative Energy Source for Heating
Empowering youth with rice husk briquettes
The enterprise uses rice husks that would otherwise go to waste to provide an alternative domestic energy source in Malawi. Local youth are trained to produce rice husk briquettes and are later connected to potential consumers to whom they sell the products.
Profits from the sales are partially re-invested in the enterprise to finance its operation, and the remaining funds are shared amongst group members.
Alternative Energy Source for Heating offers an alternative energy source based on rice husks, which can substitute charcoal and fuelwood and therefore help prevent deforestation and air pollution. The enterprise plans on stimulating 50% of households in Northern Malawi to change to rice husk briquettes over the next 10 years.
Alternative Energy Solutions (AES) is a social enterprise which trains youth in the production of diverse energy sources.
Karonga Young Entrepreneurs manufactures rice husk briquettes and distributes them mainly to secondary schools and hospitals
The Foundation for Building Resilient Communities provides capacity building in entrepreneurship to participating youth and facilitates market access
The Ministry of Agriculture of Malawi supports and promotes the use of rice husk briquettes as an alternative energy source through environmental education.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia are supported by the Government of Flanders, which is active in Southern Africa.