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.
Dec 11, 2012

Report 02 from Nya, Chad

Rice cultivators in Nya, look at all that straw...
Rice cultivators in Nya, look at all that straw...

Lapia! (Hello!),

as it gets colder and colder in the US, it's getting hotter and hotter in Chad! It has reached 100'F almost every day this month. It's not kept our team from staying very busy with the charcoal project. We have been running a few tests; carbonizing new forms of biomass such as sesame straw, and corn stocks. Our tests have been very successful, which means we're amplifying the range and amount of biomass that can be used for briquette production. We're excited about this! 

In the meantime, we spent Sunday the 9th in Nya. We gathered members of the future production team and given them an initial training session. They are eager to get started. The equipment for Nya has been prepared already, but we still need to purchase protection masks, work suits, gloves, and increase the number of kilns. This is where your support comes in. We will not be able to move forward without your investment.

We are just over half-way our December objective! Thank you!!

So let me briefly explain how production will work! 

1. We train and equip "carbonization" teams. They are the owners of the vast rice fields around Nya. They will only focus on just carbonizing it all.

2. We train a group of briquette makers in Moundou, who will purchase the carbonized straw from the field owners.

3. Manioc cultivators will intensify their production, and sell the manioc directly to the briquette makers. 

4. The briquettes will be sold on the local market in Moundou, where charcoal is the most urgently needed. 

5. The earnings will pay for the briquette makers, and provide enough funds to keep buying manioc and carbonized rice-straw from the Nya team. 

Your investment in this project will be generating economic activity for at least 20 people, and that number will rise the more people we can train to carbonize rice straw and other types of agro-waste. Manioc cultivators will also greatly benefit from intensifying their manioc production. Your investment will also provide the city of Moundou with a legal and valuable form of cooking fuel. The money that is usually spent on illegal charcoal and wood will be used to stimulate economic activity among poor rural cultivators. 

Thank you for reading! We'll continue to inform you as the project moves forward,


Go Eco-Charcoal!

Ghislain - Administrator, and manioc cultivator
Ghislain - Administrator, and manioc cultivator
APRO-ECO testing sesame straw in Belaba
APRO-ECO testing sesame straw in Belaba
Bag of carbonized rice-straw being weighed
Bag of carbonized rice-straw being weighed


Dec 6, 2012

December Week 1 report from Moundou, Chad

Martine / APRO-ECO
Martine / APRO-ECO

Moundou, Chad (NEWS) -

Dear Friends,

we have been working hard with our APRO-ECO team (Protection of the Ecosystem Association). APRO-ECO is the Moundou-based Eco-charcoal production team ENVODEV has worked with for the past year. ENVODEV has been training three members of APRO-ECO who will assist us in training the future Nya team. In the meantime, ENVODEV has met with people in Nya, who are now getting organized and mobilizing local rice cultivators so they do not burn the rice straw. 

What have we been doing exactly this week? We've been collecting rice-straw from around Moundou, and gotten the three APRO-ECO members to carbonize it. They have been working intensively. Though the method is straightforward, we are going over each and every detail of the pyrolysis process. When the time comes, either next week or the following, APRO-ECO Team will be ready to give a solid training in Nya. 

We've collected a lot of rice-straw, and this training period has already given APRO-ECO the ability to produce a good amount of briquettes (some 1000 briquettes in the past 2 days). 

Thanks for your support. Everyone is asking for these briquettes, whether it is our neighbors or the governor of the region himself. This new form of cooking fuel is what it's all about!