Sep 9, 2021

Third Report - May-August 2021

A woman undergoing training at the briquette unit
A woman undergoing training at the briquette unit

Kulika Uganda Project Progress Report

September 8th 2021

 

This report covers the period May –August 2021.  It is the third report since obtaining funds in October 2020.

 

Training

During this period, Kulika Uganda trained 54 female (32 women and 22 girls/students) and 18 male participants on briquette making and use. They were skilled on the different stages of making briquettes including carbonation, crushing, mixing, extruding, drying and use. Although the country was on COVID -19 lock down from June through August, 2021, we managed to achieve the targeted number (50 trainees per quarter) through use of innovative ways. Cumulatively, the project has trained 128 women in briquette making.

                                                                                                    

Production level.

During this period, we generated 5,550 Kgs of carbonization material and produced 4,225 Kgs of stick briquettes. With the 6,000 target, we were 1,775 kgs below which is 29.58% shortfall compared to 50.2% shortfall during the Jan – April production. To date, the unit has cumulatively produced 7,223kgs of briquettes. The plan for the women to engage in selling of briquettes was challenged by COVID-19 lockdown and will be further pursued in the next quarter.

 

Source of materials for briquettes; One hundred women grew maize and are currently harvesting. The women will sell cobs for briquette production to Kulika Training Centre and will use some for own briquette making. The yield estimate of maize has direct effect on the number of cobs generated and the actual yield will be reported in the next quarter.

 

Way forward

 

Training program: We will continue conducting training for the girls and women, mainly within 50 kilometers radius from Kulika Training centre. They will receive hand presses for home production of briquettes.

 

Promotion of Briquette Usage. We are developing a video to be shared in different platforms for publicity and awareness. We also intend to conduct talks and demonstrations, encourage briquette use for cooking and provision of brooding heat for chicks.

 

Reducing Cost of Production. Kulika is pursuing ways in reducing production costs for briquettes to attract more buyers. This will be achieved through connecting the processing unit to the national power grid.  

 

Continued support for the project: Kulika continues to request for grants/donations to realize the project budget and support practical learning by offering start up kits to women. We thank all the generous donors who have supported the project to date.

 

 

 

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Students undergoing training at the briquette unit
Students undergoing training at the briquette unit
The girls extruding briquettes at a session
The girls extruding briquettes at a session
Dry briquettes ready for sale
Dry briquettes ready for sale
briquettes in a tray to be taken to drying shade
briquettes in a tray to be taken to drying shade
the student youth on briquette extruding exercise
the student youth on briquette extruding exercise
May 12, 2021

Kulika Uganda Project Progress Report

Briquettes drying in the shade
Briquettes drying in the shade

This is the second report covering the period January – May 2021. Below are the project activities and plans for the way forward.

 a) Training

During the period, Kulika trained 52 girls and women in briquette making and use. Specifically, they learnt how to carbonate the materials, crushing, mixing, and extruding briquettes. The three fabricated machines continued to be used for training the women and girls as well as making briquettes for sale. The women were skilled in making hand presses for making own briquettes. To date the project has skilled 74 women cumulatively. Three additional sites have been identified within the community where more women will be trained.

 b) Current production

The targeted production at the Kulika centre per quarter is 6,000 kgs of dry briquettes. During this period, we produced 2,988 Kilograms of briquettes. We have planned to step up production by overcoming challenges met during the previous period and achieve the targeted number of kilograms. The quality of the briquettes has kept improving in that more clients are now regular customers.

 c) Sensitizing women to produce maize

A total of 150 women from 6 farmer groups were sensitized to grow maize. To date, 8 acres have been planted. The women will sell maize and some of the cobs to Kulika Centre at a competitive market price. Through this arrangement, Kulika briquette unit will obtain 400 bags of maize cobs between July and August from which the briquettes will be made and women will be engaged to sell on a commission basis. The women will also use the maize cobs to make own briquettes for domestic fuel use.

 d) Drying facility

The drying facility continued to swiftly dry briquettes. Making more drying racks within the drying zone is ongoing. Two chambers will be added to the current one by end of May, with each having a capacity of drying 1,200 Kilograms of stick briquettes in a row. 

 e) Way forward

Packaging: We hope to introduce a packing system for dry briquettes in 10 Kilogram pack, 20-kilogram pack, and 50-kilogram pack. This is intended to improve and ease marketing for the women.

Training program: we plan to continue conducting training for 126 women with emphasis on making, using and marketing of the briquettes.

Sourcing of raw materials: we plan to continue engaging the women to grow maize in both seasons of the year to provide adequate materials for the briquette unit and their own use.

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dry briquettes in the shade
dry briquettes in the shade
Jan 12, 2021

Kulika Uganda Project Progress Report

Kulika Uganda Project Progress Report

January 12th, 2021

This is the first report since obtaining funds in October 2020.

Training

Kulika trained 21 girls during the period. They learnt how to carbonate local materials, crushing, mixing, and extruding briquettes, drying and storage techniques. Identification of more trainees (women) was done. However, due to the Standard Operating Procedures enforced by the Ministry of Health to limit the spread of COVID 19, the training activities did not happen as planned. Training will continue in the next quarter.

Purchase of motorized machines

Three fabricated machines were purchased to support the unit in production of quality briquettes. They include: the crusher (grinding carbonated materials), the mixer (mixing the materials) and the extruder (shapes and extrudes briquettes). To date, at least 1,650 kgs have been made and sold. The quality has been largely appreciated by the clients. The unit will involve the women in selling the briquettes on commission basis beginning February 2021

Drying facility

During December 2020, a simple drying facility was constructed with capacity to hold at least 1,500 Kgs per week. The facility was made using poles and it is already in use. It provides adequate warmth to dry wet briquettes in 3-4 days

Way forward

Source of materials for large scale production; One hundred women have been mobilized to grow maize and later supply the unit with cobs for carbonization. They will earn from every kg sold to the unit.

Training program: A program has been designed for the year 2021to train 50 women per quarter in building mini presses, mixing the materials, making, and selling of briquettes.

Continued support for the project: Kulika continues to request for grants/donations to realize the project budget. We thank all the generous donors who have supported the project to date.

 

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