Mrs. Mudondo Sharon, Briquettes for Cooking

Mrs. Mudondo Sharon is the cofounder of LUWODEA, a non-profit organization in Kamuli Town, Uganda, that fights for women’s economic emancipation by promoting access to technology, training, and support services that enable women in rural areas to become self-reliant.

Many rural communities near Kamuli Town still rely on firewood as a source of fuel for cooking. Not only does wood smoke inhalation result in adverse health effects, but over the past few years local supplies of firewood have rapidly dwindled under the pressures of population growth, poverty, and urbanization.

In LUWODEA’s newest project, the Production of Briquettes for Cooking Fuel and Clay Energy Saving Cooking Stoves, Mrs. Mudondo and her colleagues are training women from 100 families in 3 separate villages on the production and marketing of biomass briquettes made from household wastes and clean-burning cooking stoves designed to increase the efficiency of fuel sources while minimizing smoke and other health hazards.

Women from each village will participate in a cooperative factory for the production of biomass briquettes, as well as forming sales units to market the products to other village members. LUWODEA’s project will ultimately provide rural women with a much-needed source of income.

For more information on the project, please follow LUWODEA on Twitter or visit the organization’s website.

GRANT AWARD DATE: June 3, 2015