95% of population in Uganda depends on firewood and wood charcoal as energy for cooking .This has increased the rate of cutting down trees leaving most parts of the country bear and very vulnerable to climate change. Apart from indoor air pollution , the use of fire wood has negative impact on women and girls who walk long distances collecting firewood.
AEST produces smokeless briquettes as alternative fuel from agricultural waste and more efficient cook stoves as clean cooking solutions.This slows the rate of deforestation by reducing the dependency on fuel-wood, reduces indoor air pollution by substituting smoky wood with smokeless burning fuel, improves educational opportunities among girls and women by eliminating the need to search for wood.The cook stoves help households save fuel and thus costs on fuel.
Our enterprise targets three types of customers
Households in urban and semi urban areas in Uganda who rely on firewood and wood charcoal for cooking and heating.
2. Institutions such as schools, orphanages, government offices and prisons.
3. Businesses such as poultry farms for warming one week old chicks , restaurants and hotels..
Our mission is to increase usage of affordable clean cooking solutions for low income households and institutions that meet customer and environmental needs in North-eastern Uganda and our vision is to be a leading provider of clean and affordable cooking solutions in North-eastern Uganda
AEST’s products offer a compelling value
proposition. We offer sustainable products at a lower price with superior product
performance compared to alternatives in a highly scalable market.
Our charcoal briquettes burn longer than alternatives. Compared to fire wood, briquettes give much higher boiler efficiency because of low moisture and higher density. They also do not smoke and they leave the saucepan clean unlike firewood which turns the outside of the saucepan black because of soot they contain. The lack of smoke produced also leads to significant health benefits for costumers.
Our cooking stoves have superior performance due to insulation. The amount of fuel needed to cook is smaller due to heat being transferred to the pan more efficiently. The stoves are designed for the pan to be closer to the heat source whilst the briquettes have enough air to burn well leading to savings in fuel consumption.
|Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted||100|
|Recruit||5 members of advisory board, 2 management and 14 casual labourers|
|New Feature||Briquettes which are dense,with low ash content and cookstoves which are branded .|