Updated Apr 03, 2018
Challenging the illegal deforestation trade by working with local communities to harvest an invasive, damaging tree species to produce high quality, well packaged, affordable charcoal using ourmodern, efficient carbonisation technologywww.tinder.co.ke
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The majority of low-income urban consumers cook on charcoal, as alternatives like gas and electricity are too expensive. Most of the charcoal is sourced illegally from natural forests in dry-land areas. The informal charcoal trade is one of the primary causes of deforestation. Inrecent decades, another driver of environmental degradation is the rapid spread of an invasive species; Prosopis juliflora, which harms livestockand takes over traditional grazing and agricultural lands.
We have establisheda forest-friendly business inKenya’s dryland areas, byproducing sustainable, legal charcoal from the invasive Prosopis tree and selling this to major towns in Kenya. Thisdelivers positive environmental impact by reducing the spread ofProsopis, increasing earning opportunities for marginalised local communities by engaging them in harvesting the pest and addressing illegal deforestation.
Vision: Thereturn of Africa’s vibrant rainforeststhanks to the local production of sustainable cooking fuels
Mission:Knowing for millions of people that charcoal is the only affordable option our mission is to:
Disrupt Africa’s illegal deforestation, by employing local communities to produce high-quality, sustainably-sourced cooking fuels
The novelty of our approach lies in adding value to an agricultural and ecological pest through the creation and reform of value chains based on its exploitation. This is delivered by organisational innovation (notably through vertical integration and value chain efficiencies) and technical improvements.
By using modern technologies, we avoid the waste associated with traditional carbonisation practises. Vertical integration allows us to achieve substantial savings by reducing the inefficiencies that presently characterise the charcoal sector. We employ local communities to harvest Prosopis and pay fair prices, so that they earn more by selling us wood than if they carbonised it themselves. Our modern and efficient technologies enable the production of 3 times more charcoal from the same amount of wood compared to traditional practises. We also have the flexibility to construct low cost alternatives (beehive kilns) at satellite locations, which also exhibit high levels of efficiency, and can be built in close proximity to remote Prosopis infested regions. Our carbonisation process burns off greenhouse gases, preventing them from entering the atmosphere. The exclusive use of Prosopisas a feedstock positively impacts the environment by reducing the spread of this invasive tree. Prosopis coppices (grows back after being cut down), making it very difficult to eradicate, but establishes this feedstock as a renewable resource.
|New Implemented Countries||Ethiopia, Rwanda|
|New Feature||Expansion to new sites in Kenya. 24 new efficient kilns to be built|