Wood is a scarce resource worldwide and at the same time the rural poor, especially women, need income to support their families. Our goal is to promote sustainable human development and preserve our environment by training rural poor, wood-dependent communities to produce biomass briquettes which replaces wood as a fuel. By focusing the training particularly on rural women, they become empowered and are given the opportunity to contribute to the family income while conserving their environment.
The continued use of fuel-wood and the lack of alternatives is leading to deforestation of local areas, significantly impacting both the environment and the people in poor communities. The global average wood consumption rate is 1kg/pers/day for cooking and basic sanitation. Through the training in biomass fuel briquette production, under-employed members of the community (specifically women) are presented with the opportunity to increase their income while conserving their environment.
The project will reduce the rate of deforestation in Nicaragua through increased production of hollow core biomass briquettes. Training community members to become briquette producers will provide employment, reduce the need for wood, eliminate local deforestation, save money and time (more than four hours a week is spent gathering fuel), plus significantly reduce the risk and increase safety currently involved in collecting, cutting, handling and storing wood fuel.
The generation of full time employment. 1. Five producers reach 50 families as consumers of briquettes. These 50 families substitutes demand for 1800 kgs of fuelwood/year/family thus potentially conserving 200,000 kgs of wood in one community. (A training of 20 producers would potentially conserve 800,000 kgs). 2. Two carpenters & two metal artisans employed for every group of 20 producers annually. This is cumulative as each subsequent year generates more productivity.