Green Enterprise for Rural Youth in Tanzania

by EcoVentures International

UPDATE: The Future Fuels Project partners have developed a fuel briquette business training for 35 women from 7 fuel briquette production groups in the Lushoto area to provide entrepreneurial and specific briquette market knowledge that can turn simple production into truly viable, operational businesses.

Briquette groups meet once a month in Lukozi, just outside of Lushoto, in order to:

● Obtain information on the briquette market ● Discuss customer feedback on briquette quality and price ● Share knowledge on securing orders ● Share knowledge on increasing production, including working with Chamavita and EVI to development business plans and explore financing options in order to purchase additional press machines. ● Receive record keeping and income and expenditure books

EVI has partnered with a sustainable technology organization to test small-scale solar energy technologies as potential green enterprise opportunities for youth in Tanzania. The youth would be able to rent individual solar panels to others in the community to charge cell phones and power lamps. Because electricity is unreliable there, while solar energy is abundant, solar energy could potentially be more effective in meeting energy needs. With this technology, solar energy can be stored from sun exposure from the day time for night time use. Solar entrepreneurs would be able to generate income from rentals and create jobs in supporting the development of solar energy in the area. This could include entrepreneurs in solar panel repair, or part recycling. EVI is currently investigating the feasibility and appropriateness of this technology in the community by initiating mini solar panel demonstrations and trainings. Local partners will also be collaborating with us on market assessments to identify even more potential green enterprise opportunities as well as potential challenges.

The Lushoto Youth Development Network is not resting on its laurels while awaiting funding for environmental enterprise training. Currently they are working on learning how to use the Liche flower to make added-value products and have recently submitted a proposal to the Rapid Funding Envelope for HIV/AIDS so that they can begin working on an HIV education program in Lushoto.

As the youth involved in LYDN are primarily out-of-school youth, they do not generally receive this type of education. LYDN hopes that by providing the youth members with real information about the threat of HIV/AIDS, they might be able to influence their peers through organized discussion groups, rather than informal meetings, and have a positive influence on their community.


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EcoVentures International

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​
EcoVentures International
Project Leader:
Lauren Frederic
Washington, DC United States

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