The Standard Newspaper, in Kenya, recently ran a feature highlighting the fantastic work of the Dandora White Charcoal Youth Group. Peter Mwangi and Joseph Ndinya talk abou the genesis of the organisation, their environmental and social mission, their approach to entrepreneurship and their work with charities and NGOs (including Fuel from Waste, through their associates at Kenyatta University) in supporting and extending their mission.
“Eight years ago, Peter Mwangi and Joseph Ndinya stared at death. Mwangi was walking to a football pitch to join his friends in preparation for an upcoming football tournament when the police arrested him.
The policemen, he says, alleged that he was among the gang that terrorised motorists in the area — a claim he denied.
“They pointed a gun at me and I thought I was going to die. I was later released. They didn’t have evidence against me,” Mwangi recalls.
He says police have shot many young men in Dandora on similar allegations, some totally innocent.
The deadly incident completely changed the lives of the two from slum idlers to businessmen.
The duo are members of White Charcoal Youth Group located in Dandora. The youth group makes eco friendly charcoal from waste paper and saw dust.”
The full story can be read via the link above, or you can donwload a pdf version, here: Slum boys’ trade that is a ‘death’ armour - Dandora News