Contributing to renewable, sustainable energy development and poverty eradication in Uganda
KingFire creates a bio-energy value-chain through producing and selling briquettes. Biowaste is locally sourced and turned to char, then mixed with molasses, compressed and sundried. Vendors, who market equipment like cook stoves and paper bags, sell the final product. KingFire also facilitates community workshops on the benefits and uses of sustainable energy.
Made from bio-waste, the briquettes are low-cost, benefiting users and making the product accessible to urban and rural markets. The business profits from a wide market share and smart branding. End users benefit from a sustainable and low-cost, long burning product. KingFire also positions itself as a socially conscious business through local job creation and training, community education, and running a mentorship scheme.
KingFire Briquettes founded and now produces KingFire’s brand of biomass briquettes. As well as facilitating production and sales, KingFire’s team is responsible for ongoing product research, monitoring and development.
Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) supports KingFire to improve briquette quality through ongoing technical research and marketing advice. UIRI also helps to provide specific manufacturing machinery needed to scale the business.
Uganda Manufacturing Association (UMA) helps to identify new markets for KingFire at the same time as educating potential clients on the environmental benefits of using briquettes. UMA also provides networking opportunities for KingFire.
The 2014 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.