Agro-Charcoal in Chad as Vocational Enterprises

$9,810 $10,190
Raised Remaining


This project is developing new sites for eco-charcoal production via tooling and training programs across Southern Chad in an effort to address a serious energy crisis in Chadian cities and mitigate the deforestation accompanying it. This alternative charcoal is produced from rice-straw and generates new sources of income for rice farmers while reducing the number of trees being cut down.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The only source of fuel for 99% of households in Chad is raw wood or charcoal. Chad has lost 1.6 million hectares of forest in the past 20 years. Wood charcoal has been banned by the government without offering any viable alternatives. Charcoal continues to be the main source of energy despite the ban, especially in urban areas where energy demands are highest. The ban on charcoal has raised prices and led to a sharp increase in raw wood harvest instead.

How will this project solve this problem?

Rice cultivators in the village of Nya will be equipped and trained to carbonize rice-straw and transform it into charcoal briquettes. These briquettes burn as efficiently as wood charcoal. Eco-charcoal is a legal and alternative fuel in high demand. Farmers systematically burn all their straw after the rice harvest causing air pollution and losing resources that could be used as fuel. This project will provide additional income to farmers who struggle on a single rice harvest.

Potential Long Term Impact

Each bag of eco-charcoal sold is the life of a tree spared. Each bag of eco-charcoal sold is extra income for rice cultivators. When rice-straw is carbonized, air pollution is significantly reduced. Much of the eco-charcoal produced and sold will be taken to the largest urban areas in Chad (Doba, Moundou, and N'Djamena) providing sustainable relief to the current energy crisis. The site targeted in Nya alone has the potential to provide the energy needs for 10,000 families for a year.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $9,810

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $9,810 .  The original project funding goal was $20,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader


Winona Lake, IN United States

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