Charcoal briquettes from coconut waste
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.
Kencoco Limited produces the charcoal briquettes made from coconut husks.
Najmaz Enterprises is the main distribution partner of Kencoco products, allowing Kencoco to focus on production.
Micro Enterprise Support Trust (MESPT) works with Kencoco in the creation of employment and poverty alleviation in the community by providing financial and non-financial services.
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) supports with business development and knowledge about the market and technologies.
2017 SAG-SEED Awards is supported by the SWITCH-Africa Green project, which is implemented by UNEP with the assistance of the European Union.