Over 90% of Uganda’s population rely on firewood for cooking. Institutions and organizations such as schools, hotels and factories continue to fire their kilns and boilers with large amounts of firewood. This high dependency on wood for cooking and heating coupled with inefficient cooking methods has continued to contribute significantly to the country’s alarming deforestation rate. Imagine between 1990 and 2005, Uganda lost 26.3% of its forest cover. At the current deforestation rate of 2% per year which is also steadily increasing, it is predicated by 2050 all the natural forests will be gone unless alternatives are thought.

Bio-Innovations is converting organic waste a so far underutilized resource, into briquettes as an alternative heating and cooking fuel for institutions and factories. Briquettes are cheap, clean and are more efficient than traditional firewood. Our business model delivers both social and environmental benefits while still being economically profitable. ...
Over 90% of Uganda’s population rely on firewood for cooking. Institutions and organizations such as schools, hotels and factories continue to fire their kilns and boilers with large amounts of firewood. This high dependency on wood for cooking and heating coupled with inefficient cooking methods has continued to contribute significantly to the country’s alarming deforestation rate. Imagine between 1990 and 2005, Uganda lost 26.3% of its forest cover. At the current deforestation rate of 2% per year which is also steadily increasing, it is predicated by 2050 all the natural forests will be gone unless alternatives are thought.

Bio-Innovations is converting organic waste a so far underutilized resource, into briquettes as an alternative heating and cooking fuel for institutions and factories. Briquettes are cheap, clean and are more efficient than traditional firewood. Our business model delivers both social and environmental benefits while still being economically profitable. The production chain is simple to involve local people, creating employment opportunities especially for vulnerable women and youth. The idea is innovative that it can be replicated in places elsewhere.
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Musobozi Lydia

Thank you for the job done ,keep it up
We recommended you for support and continue promote and develop more organic products through use of wastes .

John Bosco Nkurunungi

I worked with Alex on the mountain gorilla conservation program in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. I was intrigued by his resilience, energy and enthusiasm to create change. For example, over the nine candidates recruited to do field work that required months of camping, following and collecting behavioral and ecological data on mountain gorillas as they foraged through very rugged terrain, he was the only candidate that endured the difficult conditions and accomplished his assignments. As a result he was given the responsibility to train and lead national and international researchers to provide any easy link with local communities. I rate his leadership and mobilization abilities as excellent based on flexibility to lead diverse groups.
I envision a big promise in his briquette business in addressing
deforestation. Your support would catalyze his venture to save
millions of Ugandans. please do not hesitate to get back in case of need of any clarifications.

Romy Kraemer

I met Alex as a Fellow at The DO School where I coached him during the course of one year.
Alex is a highly motivated individual with a clear passion for tackling deforestation in his home country and a strong drive to contribute to this cause with his social venture Bio-Innovations Ltd. He has gone great lengths to develop a working prototype of his eco-briquette machine to prove the feasibility of the procedure. As a trusted partner and manager of his project, he was able to assemble a committed team and find first customers for his product.
Given the quality of his solution, his commitment as well as personal character I recommend Alex without hesitation. I would be glad to support him on a pro-bono basis in furthering his venture if he finds financing for it.