Agro-Charcoal in Chad as Vocational Enterprises

by Enterprise for Vocational Development
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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Enterprise for Vocational Development

Location: Winona Lake, Indiana - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.envodev.org
Project Leader:
David DEARMEY
Winona Lake, IN United States

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