UTILIZATION OF WOOD WASTE (SAW DUST) TO PRODUCTION OF FUEL LIGHTERS AND BRIQUETTES

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Explain your idea in details:

The main objective of the idea is to convert wood waste (saw dust) into fire starters and briquettes for additional income generation and sustainable use of tree resources in Uganda. It is envisaged that this will result in enhancement of wood waste utilisation and commercialisation of the wood waste products thus contributing to job creation particularly for the youths, income generation and sustainable utilisation of forest resources hence combating climate change in Uganda. The production and training centre for wood waste conversion technology will continue to create awareness and providing skills to the population particularly women and youths in wood waste utilisation. The idea will innovative approaches to produce Fuel lighters and briquettes. Fuel lighters are produced using a double boiler the candle wax is melted which is then mixed with crushed saw dust or wood shaving. The mixture is then fed in the simple press machine to produce fuel lighters. The production of fuel lighters will ease the lighting of fuel stoves for cooking and other purposes and further generate employment opportunities to the youth in the country. Briquettes are made from sawdust which is dried at a moisture content of about 8% to 12% before carbonization. The sawdust and wood shavings will be burnt at high temperatures in a confined container (carboniser) under limited supply of air to produce char. The product, char, will then be crushed into powder using a locally fabricated crusher. The char will then be mixed with binder and water in a ratio of 4: 1:2 to form a semisolid paste. The semisolid paste will then be compressed in a presser to form briquettes. The briquettes will be dried, branded and packed for display and sale.

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Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

The project will impact on the social welfare of individuals especially the high population of unemployed youth in Africa and this will be through providing self-employment opportunities. Information dissemination in workshops, exhibitions, hands on training will be conducted so as to enrich people with knowledge about wood waste utilization and by the end of two year it is estimated that more than 100,000people in Uganda will be impacted through Face to face interaction and exchange of information on wood waste conversion and products which will be scaled to African countries at large to benefit from my idea. There will be need to determine the benefits being delivered by my solution. For example, through measuring the number of lives impacted. This will be through strategically selecting social interacting platforms to focus my efforts on, and then effectively managing them as a great way to connect with my community on a more personal level. Since the overall objective is to utilize wood waste into commercial products for sustainable use of tree resources and employment opportunities in Uganda. The following outputs are expected: A production and training center for wood waste products The project will use the following strategies to upscale information to stakeholders: Training will be conducted at the production and training centre in wood waste utilisation to provide a lifelong learning opportunity to different youths Face to face interaction with the youths on wood waste utilisation and products. Workshops will also be used to exchange information on products Brochures, posters and catalogues will also be used to disseminate information. All these will contribute to the Skilling Uganda Programme of the Government of Uganda that aims at creating employment to the increasing number of unemployed youths.

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Plans for implementation and sustainability

This activity will be carried out in partnership with private wood processers. One wood wastes will be used in this activity to produce two different types of wood waste products. Saw dust will be used to produce fire starters and Briquettes. This project shall also monitor the progress of the project on daily basis. Evaluation shall take places involving all stakeholders the collaborating offices are youth and social affairs which will provide technical support and collaborate in implementing, monitoring and evaluation. The donors are expected to fund the project through partnership. Donors also have the responsibility of monitoring the progress and finally evaluate. This idea is involved in capacity building of rural poor women and youth group.  It will help the poor youths help themselves with the mission to empower and improve the poor peoples opportunities to access skills and revolving fund to eradicate the root causes of poverty on local communities so as to enable them attain self-reliance sustainability. The sustainability of this project will be guaranteed because the project involves the participation and collaboration of all concerned line offices and community. The beneficiaries through training shall handle their business properly and use profits they will undergo their business on their own capital. The project in general is expected to reduce unemployment rate. The project has the capacity to turn the non- productive youth of the community into the responsible citizens who will work towards holistic development of himself as well as his society. 

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Your profile

Muwanga Allan is 24 year old self-motivated, responsible, honest, enthusiastic and hardworking Ugandan with a bachelors degree in conservation forestry and products technology (fresh graduate) at College of Agriculture and environmental sciences, Makerere University-Uganda. Currently am working with National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) at one of its national institutes (National Forestry Resource Research Institute (NaFORRI) as a volunteer/ junior researcher with in-depth knowledge of natural resource and environmental research. and I have participated in number of projects geared to benefit local communities in the country like Unlocking the potential of bamboo through product development and commercialization in Uganda, Utilization of wood waste into assorted products for additional income generation, Determination of farm forestry impacts on household poverty, food security and farm productivity and others. Through research, field work, and graduate studies, Muwanga has gained skills both in research and Environmental Conservation, Remote Sensing and GIS, Climate Change, Wetland Ecology and Environmental Impact Assessment, among others. Muwanga is a computer literate person, well conversant with Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint and SPSS packages. Am a very dynamic individual, I have the ability to develop positive relationships with peers and my seniors very quickly. I have knowledge and skills associated with that position due to my experience in research while in NARO and another addition fact that my research project (Assessment of factors influencing people to plant trees in Mityana district was a social research) for under graduate studies

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Comments

August 31, 2017 23:36

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 23:04

There are just a few hours before the end of this wonderful competition and I want to thank you for all you did here, especially your contribution to my project. Best wishes for all your future endeavors and never give up on your dreams! Be a dreamer! That is the most important characteristic in life!
Best regards,
Andrei

August 31, 2017 21:43

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 20:47

hi,
All the best for your project.As today is the last day of competition I am glad that I was able to read your mind blowing project.
Best wishes for your success and thank you so much for your support on my project.

August 31, 2017 19:58

Comrades,
In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 18:17

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 17:21

What a journey! I am truly amazed.
I read so many good thoughts including yours. UNESCO did a truly amazing job. And if you have already not read it, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Bye for now!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 31, 2017 16:42

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROPOSAL. I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ONCE GAIN A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK

August 31, 2017 08:57

Hi, it's great to read your innovative idea which could help our community in different aspects. It is not easy to go through all the stages and congratulation for your great ideas, hope to see your idea will come true soon.
I would like to invite you to read, comment and even vote for my idea 'Boosting economic growth in Africa with solar energy'. If you find it great, please also share it with your friends. Thank you very much.

August 31, 2017 07:18

Dear Leader,

We are coming to the end of this awesome competition and I appreciate your efforts, drive and support on my idea, 'AfricEnergy'.

No matter how the result comes out, we should always be focused on implementing our unique ideas and projects for the improvement of the World.

Thank you for your contributions, advice and encouragement so far. I hope to connect with you via [email protected]

Best of Luck!

August 31, 2017 02:10

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 23:33

MY GREETINGS TO YOU!
SO HOW IS IT GOING? I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ON A DIFFERENT NOTE, CAN YOU PLEASE GO THROUGH MY EDU-CELL ENTRY? AND IF YES, THEN I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD VOTE FOR IT.
A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 22:17

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Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 20:37

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Dear fellow entrepreneur:
(i) I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
(ii) May I also request that you please have a look at my idea called EDU-CELL. If it is relevant in your country, please let me know and I will be happy to provide you with more details to you. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
All the very best!
Shuhra

August 30, 2017 19:22

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 06:29

Greetings my Colleague ,

Thank you for participating in that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends here , I hope you achieve your dreams & good luck with your Idea.
thanks again & best wishes for you.

Ahmed

August 30, 2017 02:24

Hello,

This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 29, 2017 09:03

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 29, 2017 02:53

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 23:10

Hello,
This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all .It looks promising and executable
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.
Regards
Shuhra koofi

August 28, 2017 19:24

Hello,
Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Regards,
Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 15:31

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 28, 2017 15:30

Hi,
Thank you very much for your involvement in this community, I am sure that your advice helped many of us. So I am asking you for some last piece of advice, because the end of the competition is close. I invite you to comment my idea Path To Knowledge.
Best wishes for your project too!
Regards,
Andrei

August 28, 2017 09:18

Thank you very much Muwanga,

As the competition draws to an end. I want to use this opportunity to specially thank everyone that have supported my idea so far (and that includes you), your contributions and criticism are well appreciated.

Thanks again and best wishes
Seth Thomas
CISTEM

August 27, 2017 15:31

Dear Entrepreneur,

It's a new day and few days to the end of the competition. It has been nice and encouraging having you here, on this platform. I wish to appreciate you.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 15:27

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 27, 2017 01:28

Hello Great Mind,

You have come a long way with this competition and I want to congratulate you for the resilience you have show so far. I tell you what? It's not going to go unrewarded.

Bill Gates has said that "As we look into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others." I totally agree with the successful software developer!

With that, I want to honestly congratulate you once more for been a leader, especially such that will empower others!

You're relevant and I wish you the best with your project.
I wish that we could network beyond the competition,

Kindest regards,
Seth Thomas
CISTEM
([email protected])

August 26, 2017 15:24

Hello,

To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 15:05

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 07:43

Hello Allan!

Thursday's Inspiration from YCEC; 'The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.' - Richard Bach

As you progress in working hard to see to the improvement of the World through your idea, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of Luck!

August 24, 2017 12:57

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments)

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 22:58

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Dear friend,
You might have seen my IDEA called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan. If not, may I please urge you to have a look. And if you like it, may I please ask you to vote for it and even forward it to any of your friends? I will be really obliged.
Regarding your entry: what a nice proposal! And equally impactful initiative. I was discussing the various ideas and projects in my home and yours was one of the proposals that we discussed. Congratulations and keep it up. I had a couple of questions; please answer them.
Keep up the good work. Yours truly, Shuhra

August 23, 2017 16:23

Hi,
After going through your idea, I firmly believe that you can successfully convert it to an executable project and help the society grow in a sustainable manner. I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments). Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants, and using that space for a multitude of activities. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 13:13

Hello
As we are about to the very end of this competition I give you a bit of encouragement and yet the fact. The competition may reach to an end but the efforts you have shown to your community is great and long lasting, People may come and go but ideas stays forever. This platform is like a family or a classroom where we share all our strength and experience to solve Community challenges.
Your idea is real life touching and I hope you're making more good progress to take it into its full potential no matter what challenge you may face..Never give up.
You may wish to share your experience in my idea
ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE FOCUSING FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY LEVEL
Best of luck!
Uledi Kimbavala
"ZERO HUNGER IS POSSIBLE"

August 23, 2017 08:38

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your idea and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Cheers
Anita Mbah.

August 22, 2017 08:26

Thank you Alan.

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.

Cheers.

August 22, 2017 07:21

Hi,
Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 22, 2017 05:38

Hi
I hope you're making good progress whether the competition is on progress or not this idea should make more progress towards its implementation. Congulatulation. Never give up.
Best of luck

August 20, 2017 17:50

Greatings Mr.Muwanga
You have a very interesting idea as it Will bring positive impact towards both affordable energy and environmental conservation. Congulatulation for the effort you're putting on this idea.
All the best

August 19, 2017 21:21

Hello,

I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair.

I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your work!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 19, 2017 10:15

Hello,
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copy the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,
Andrei

August 16, 2017 06:11

Hello Alan!

You have a strong entrepreneurial spirit. Your idea is really innovative and interesting. I wish you success!
You can stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of Luck!

August 6, 2017 06:41

You solve a lot of problems with just one idea: wood waste, climate change, unemployment of youth and women, etc. And I congratulate you for this! I hope you will implement this idea and you will inspire other people to do the same, to have the same concerning.
Best regards,
Andrei

Busi

July 8, 2017 10:43

It's encouraging to see young people like you Allan with an entrepreneurial mindset. Converting waste resources to good use is a sure way towards sustainable livelihoods.

June 21, 2017 16:22

Hello,

Indeed your idea is great and all the best for your idea and congratulations for your efforts which you have put into it. Just a question I want to ask you that will it be economical for various people. And profit you will be getting from it.

Best wishes

mellan

June 18, 2017 10:43

The project will impact on the social welfare of individuals especially the high population of unemployed youth in Africa and this will be through providing self-employment opportunities.

Julius Singoma Kagamba

June 18, 2017 10:05

Allan Muwanga at 24 you are adding "the youth are the leaders of today" to the cliché that "youth are leaders of tomorrow". Thank you for leading now. Transforming waste we all despise yet it is from us. Turning waste into briquettes we woukd all want to use. The briquettes you are making will indeed turn the youth budge into a dividend rather than a curse as youth will be self employed in combating poverty nd contributing to socio-economicdevelopment. Your briquettes will also save the environment because they will sae trees being burnt for charcoal.

kalinda

June 16, 2017 23:39

This is a very brilliant idea most especially when the globe is much threatened by climate change.
efficient use of forest resources can try offset and reduce pressures on our Natural forests.
thx Allan for thr brilliant work

Ivan Ntege

June 16, 2017 19:48

I like the idea. It encourages sustainable development with one of the elements being environment. Cognizant of the fact that it is fuel, you should also provide caloric values as well.