Enterprise for Vocational Development

ENVODEV is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose purpose is to provide economic relief in Chad through culturally and geographically relevant projects which focus on vocational training and job creation. Our mission is to create networks in Chad, harness local community resources and develop new skills while alleviating the serious public health and energy crises there. Ultimately, the vision of ENVODEV is to significantly increase the diversity and availability of occupations in Chad.
Apr 23, 2013

Field Report 05 - Domane producing biochar

Ghislain oversees sealing of the kiln at Domane.
Ghislain oversees sealing of the kiln at Domane.

Moundou - 20 April 2013 - It took armed forces to keep people under control. Domane, located beyond Badei, had heard about ENVODEV's training sessions in the area. When Dadje Aquilas organized a demonstration and training session with the Domane group called Mekasna, many merchants, businessmen, and cultivators eagerly came. The training took place on the last day of the month of March.

The crowd that turned up forced Ghislain Rodoumbaye, our administrator, to find the village chief and ask for help. The chief sent his armed forces to keep people from mingling with Mekasna group. A total of nine members of the group received direct training and equipment while dozens of people watched. While stressful, the high level of interest and enthusiasm is always encouraging. Many are excited to discover that what was once waste can become a source of income.

By the end of the month, a first shipment of carbonized biomass bags should arrive from Domane to our production site in Moundou.

Photos: The photos might become redundant... fields, people, a simple kiln, agro-waste... perhaps our lovely vehicle. We are happy to share these key moments though. The training phase, out in the fields, is where all operations have to begin. Our staff in Chad is always eager to share what they are doing with all of you!

Urgent needs: Our vehicle has explored African roads, paths and bush for over 20 years, and it is showing signs of much desired retirement. With increasing technical problems and car parts breaking, the need for a solid new vehicle has become a pressing matter. Doing demonstrations, training and equiping carbonization partners is not possible without a vehicle. We will keep you posted on solutions and how you can get involved.

Preparing biomass (sesame straw) for pyrolysis
Preparing biomass (sesame straw) for pyrolysis
Fifteen bags are expected by May 1st from Domane
Fifteen bags are expected by May 1st from Domane
Feb 6, 2013

Field Report 04 - KOSGUELBE is making biochar

Members of KOSGUELBE (Tilo group) gathering straw
Members of KOSGUELBE (Tilo group) gathering straw

Moundou - 20 January, 2013. - The Eco-Charcoal Project, well on its way, has taken our staff to Nya and to new areas outside Moundou. We could not have reached them without local insight and connections that our staff has. The local leadership taking place is a demonstration of one of ENVODEV's core values: That local managers feel ownership of the projects. 

After a preliminary demonstration in Tilo, the ENVODEV team went back to impart a full training session. Dadje Aquilas and Ghislain were helped by two members of APRO-ECO, Ramadji Zizel and Chrisine Dadje.

On January 14, a total of 17 people, all members of KOSGUELBE, learned how to transform biomass (sesame chaff and rice-straw) into char. Well organized, KOSGUELBE is now producing bags of carbonized biomass. On the 6th of February, ENVODEV will return to Tilo to evaluate how well the team is carbonizing the biomass and will pick up the first batch of char bags for briquette production back in Moundou.

Tilo is an exciting addition to the charcoal project. The villagers are motivated and grateful to be part of a project that will provide a new and much needed source of income. The district chief was present at the training, marking the importance of what this charcoal project represents to the local population. 

Dadje Aquilas (center) training the group
Dadje Aquilas (center) training the group
KOSGUELBE group leaders reading pyrolysis manual.
KOSGUELBE group leaders reading pyrolysis manual.
Tilo member preparing a kiln.
Tilo member preparing a kiln.
Learning about biomass density in a kiln.
Learning about biomass density in a kiln.
Pyrolysis ready for three kilns.
Pyrolysis ready for three kilns.
Seeing "useless" biomass transformed into energy.
Seeing "useless" biomass transformed into energy.

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Jan 24, 2013

Field Report 03 - Adding Tilo to the Nya Project

Project Area
Project Area

Since the beginning of December, the ENVODEV Chad Team has been working relentlessly at making the charcoal project happen. After a successful demonstration and preliminary training at Nya, we have been in the process of building new carbonizing kilns to transform as much rice-straw as possible. Fidel, the leader of the Nya Team, warned us that cultivators have already begun burning away rice-straw in their fields, and that we need to move quickly and do a full-training session as soon as possible. A full training session will last three to five days, and require funds we are still in the process of gathering. Global Giving has yet to begin the disbursement of funds raised during the December Challenge, during which over $5,000 USD was collected.

In the meantime, our ENVODEV Team has explored another area where rice is extensively cultivated. Dadje Aquilas and Rodoumbaye Ghislain reached a location called Tilo, just 20 km east of Moundou. This area is very productive, and a local team is already set up to receive training in Tilo. Dadje Aquilas and Djems, a Chadian volunteer, performed a first carbonization demonstration at Tilo, and have greatly motivated the new Team called « KOSGUELBE. » Tilo will reinforce charcoal production capacity by sending carbonized rice-straw back to Moundou, where charcoal briquette production will actually take place.

By contributing to our project, you are participating in the economic development and environmental protection of Chad. Thank you for your support, and for taking interest in one of the most neglected regions of the world.

 David De Armey

International Director

Djems helping Aquilas during demonstration at Tilo
Djems helping Aquilas during demonstration at Tilo
Aquilas explaining the carbonization process
Aquilas explaining the carbonization process
Tilo villagers and Kosguelbe Team observing.
Tilo villagers and Kosguelbe Team observing.