Alternative Waste Technologies

$25,000 goal

Campaign created 12 months ago
Social Franchise winner of the 2018 NextGen in Franchising Global Competition, Stella Sigana, founder of Alternative Waste Technologies, has received an investment from Edible Arrangements founder Tariq Farid via the Tariq and Asma Farid Foundation, a philanthropic, non-profit corporation providing support for worthwhile causes in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Farid has established a GoFundMe page to help raise an additional $25,000 for Alternative Waste Technologies to expand its reach in Kenya and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kenya's #1 Alternative Energy Producer
Alternative Waste Technologies  is a mission-driven social enterprise, whose aim is to create meaningful employment opportunities to at-risk youths such as school dropouts, ex-juveniles to avoid crime, unlock their potential, develop their skills — and create successful futures for themselves and their families. While we know that creating jobs is essential, we are convinced that providing work alone is not enough to support at-risk youths in moving out of poverty.

AWT’s young employees need a path to develop them, a means to build skills and capabilities for the long run. AWT offers an intensive work-study program that allows youth to grow as they learn basic skills, develop technical capabilities and eventually earn degrees that enable them to secure professional jobs when they graduate from our program. AWT creates employment opportunities by producing fuel briquettes through a combination of briquetting technology, entrepreneurship and impact sourcing business model.

The production facility is located in Kajiado County, Kenya, while the Administrative office is in Nairobi
 
The Problem
Kenya is experiencing rapid urbanization at an annual growth of 4.15% across all major cities with 70% of the population settling in slum settlements. Slum settlements are normally characterized by mass poverty so there is an assured likelihood that energy poverty is widespread. Statistical analysis of fuel types in Kenya by urban and rural areas shows that the most popular fuel types in terms of their various uses are: kerosene (80%), followed by charcoal (60%), fuel wood (55%), electricity (37%) and LPG (21%) in that order. Because cooking is a major activity in any household, one is 100% guaranteed to find charcoal in every household in urban areas where there is high population of middleclass and bottom of the pyramid therefore charcoal consumption is not going away anytime soon. In-fact it is predicted that Majority of households in sub-Saharan Africa currently rely on traditional biomass for cooking, it will continue to rise with almost 900 million people in sub-Saharan Africa expected to cook with traditional biomass in 2020.
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$25,000 goal

Campaign created 12 months ago
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