Alfastar Development Association – Fuel from Waste Network News

Alfastar Development Association information and training session news

The Alfastar Development Association was started by Ruth Githaiga and Patrick Ngatia (Director AlfaStar Industries), in consultation with Wyn Griffiths (of the Fuel from Waste Network), following on from the creation of a ‘roadmap’ for the future of sustainable energy at a community level, developed at the Fuel from Waste unConference 2011.

Its focus is to develop a network for sustainable energy training and entrepreneurship, for community development. To help to promote the lives of the community partners, recycle and make sustainable energy available and affordable, while creating income and empowerment for vulnerable groups (eg women, youth, disabled). This will support, and be supported by, conservation of vegetation cover for future generations.

Currently the association has a membership of 75 women and 22 youths.

There are currently four groups within the association, in different localities in the country:

(1) Juja

(2) Gatundu

(3) Githunguri

(4) Limuru

All headed by women, with members awaiting training, as and when funding and support becomes available.

A training event was held on the 11th and 12th of May 2012 in Kariobagi South.

It was facilitated by the GVEP International  organised by Maurice Onzere and Phylis Kariuki.

Ruth Githaiga and Mr Mwangi trained the group on general briquetting and a simple carbonising system.

The training started with simple hand briquettes as most of those attending have to start from scratch, and a programme working through levels of briquetting production (from simple hand, through manual machine, to powered machine) has been designed and agreed.

Each level will be monitored and supported to achieve the appropriate quality within a set time period.

The long-term plan, through the Development Association and partnerships such as with Fuel from Waste, is to link up the network of Development Association producers being trained, with strong market demand, mediated through the commercial arm of Alfastar Industries. This would create a sustainable ecology, with multiple layers of benefit for all stakeholders.

For more information – contact Ruth Githaiga on

Alfastar Development Association brochure:

This gives background on the industry and prices for briquettes and commercial training.

Alfastar Development Brochure and FfW – May 2012 Version


Fuel from Waste News – Aheu Dit Women Group – Southern Sudan

The Aheu Dit Women Group is based at Kan Ajak village, Awiel East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, Southern Sudan. It was established 5 years ago.

The group runs several projects which includes a Nursery and Primary School.

These schools, and all the schools that have got a WFP feeding program, use fire wood. That means that somebody has got to collect that firewood. So, children are instructed to carry a piece of firewood at least twice a week. Failure to abide by the rules leads to punishment, so fear of this means that the children will cut any branch along the way to school.

During early 2012 (January to march) a program to train women how to make briquettes has been set-up and delivered by James Ochieng, who also works with The Hut of Orphans of Kenya

The first step for us is to ban the use of firewood in our school.

A pilot program at the center will train as many Women as possible. This will lead into development of stoves that use briquettes for the schools. Samples were developed in Wao, South Sudan, using high quality dry leaves, which are abundant during the dry season.

The group has an average of 271 registered women in Awiel East County alone.  70% of these women collect firewood for sale at the market. 100% of homes use firewood for cooking. An alternative fuel can provide relief for the women and children and a better income opportunity, while minimizing deforestation effects.

Video of World Women’s Day 2011 with Aheu Dit Women Group –

Follow the project progress on the Aheu Dit blog, above, or keep an eye out on here, for updates.