Awamu Biomass Energy
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
We fully setup and registered Awamu in October 2012 with a production facility. We have distributed over 3,000 stoves gasifier stoves to since 2013 after developing a market-ready gasifier stove. We have eight full-time & temporary workers including three female youths. We also work with over 21 independent distributors who earn commissions off our products. Awamu has participated in over 125 trade-fairs and demonstrations thereby creating exposure and awareness of our stoves. Through these activities, communities are made aware of indoor air pollution, effects of climate change and clean cooking. We won the SEED Award 2013 for low carbon and have received technical, market development and financial support from institutions like SNV-Uganda, the Renewable Energy Business Incubator, Fledge and Yunus Social Business. Awamu Biomass Energy is member to the Biomass Energy Efficiency Technologies Association (BEETA), the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC), and the Uganda Small Scale Industries Association (USSIA).
Sustainability and future plans
Over 90% of Ugandan 6 million households still rely on biomass for cooking. Of these only 10% have access to an improved cookstove while 85% still live in rural communities. There is a total addressable market of 2.3 million households who can be converted to using improved cookstoves. Awamu has a target market of 500,000 households that we will effectively reach and convert into paying customers throughout Uganda. Awamu distributes Gasifier stoves and processed fuels through vans, kiosks and independent retailers. Customers make on-time payments or instalment payments through their organized groups. We have a char buy-back program where customers can either trade charcoal made from using the Gasifier stove with processed fuels or purchase fuels from one of our line distributions. We will distribute 100,000 Gasifier stoves and 2,000 tons of processed biomass fuels by 2020 through 50 main distributors in Uganda. We are raising $200,000 of debt and/ equity financing which will be used to setup a production facility. We will purchase machinery and equipment (to produce 200 gasifier stoves & 3 tons of pellets daily). We will also increase awareness & access to our stoves throughout Uganda and will setup 50 main distribution points for servicing, after-sales support and access to our stoves. With these funds, we will break-even within 25 months of full operation.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Am a social entrepreneur, a Rotarian, a Hepatitis activist and kids soccer coach, born in June 1982. I love humour, adventure, sports and nature. I have a liberal approach to life and I am generally a passionate person nature. I am usually a hard worker and have a decent social life. I was born in a humble family and was forced to leave my family at the age of 9 when my father died where I lived in an extended family of 22 members. This taught me how to interact with people, how to work hard, to remain respectful, and independence. I worked with two young NGOs in administrative positions for six years before switching to renewable energy in 2009. I have since been focused on the development and promotion of TLUD gasification stoves and biomass fuels in Uganda. I holds a Bsc. Computer Science from Cavendish University, and I speak basic German. I have a passion for youth empowerment and community development. I was fascinated when i first interfaced with micro-gasification technology. Cooking is a daily task that is not so much considered a chore, usually a implemented by women and girls. My motivation is to develop an affordable and appropriate clean cooking solution that will improve livelihoods of women and girls, generate business opportunities while creating social and environmental impacts at the bottom of the pyramid where over 90% of the population in developing countries still relies on biomass for cooking. I am the elected Vice chairperson for the Biomass Energy Efficiency Technologies Association (BEETA) which has over 80 member enterprises and I am also active in the Uganda National Alliance on Clean Cooking (UNACC). I serve as a Board member to the Uganda National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (UNREEEA).