Case study – Briquettes

Luluna Environmentalists, Kampala, Uganda
From the humble beginnings of three young people in Bwaise slum, Kampala, and with Open College Network accredited ‘Waste to Wealth’ business development training, Luluna has developed into a small industrial company employing 15 people producing up to 150kg of charcoal briquettes per day. The raw materials for these briquettes is household organic waste, which is then dried, carbonised and briquetted using cassava starch as a binder.

They boast a customer base of about 50 clients to whom they supply briquettes in bulk on a weekly basis, in addition to a number of other community members that make small daily purchases. Luluna’s average monthly profits now amount to approximately USh3,000,000 (£750).

Luluna strongly attributes their achievements to the accredited training offered to them through the Waste to Wealth programme. In a statement made by the organisation’s Chairperson, Mr. Rogers, he said

the training has really helped us especially in areas of marketing and we also ensure that we get customer feedback on our products which has helped us serve them better”.