Joy M. K. Simwaka, Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods
The Renewable Energy for Rural Livelihoods Project is an initiative created by Joy Simwaka, Executive Director of Community Support Initiative.
The Project will address continued loss of biodiversity due to deforestation for charcoal burning and firewood cutting, practices often carried out by local residents as a means of earning a living. As an alternative, the project will create jobs by promoting production and sale of Biomass Briquettes created from farm waste, tree leaves etc instead of firewood and charcoal. This process also reduces the health hazard to women as these briquettes are low smoke producing compared to wood or charcoal.
The project will also promote the sale of Biolite Stoves for cooking, lighting and phone charging; and create a Community Nursery Tree to support a tree planting exercise in the project area. The project will be implemented in Mzgola Area in Nkhata-Bay District in Malawi -a remote region which has no supply from the national electricity grid yet has about 4000 households.