2024 KCP Application
Rural Environmental Sustainability Initiative (RESI)
Customers & Partnerships
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Carbon Sinks (Natural & Engineered)
Social & Cultural Pathways
Transport and Mobility
Project Summary / Description:
The purpose of the project is to provide an alternative, green and sustainable cooking fuel to replace the use of firewood and charcoal which has caused over exploitation of forest resources. RESI provides an affordable, and efficient bio gas technology to rural home to be able to generate bio methane for cooking from domestic wastes. The bio gas technology once installed in a home relieves a mother and a girl child the burden of walking long distances into the jungles to collect firewood for cooking, This project was founded in 2017 in Lyantonde district, central Uganda to address the scarcity of firewood as a result of excessive deforestation. In 2017 while working with remote communities to promote education, we observed mothers and girls suffer long distances to collect the scarce firewood. As a result of long distances girls would miss school at least 1 day to help their mothers with firewood gathering. This inspired the three of us (Herbert, Daphine and Sharon) to co-found RESI to address this community challenge. Lack of an alternative fuel is causing rapid degradation of forests this in turn increases the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere which should have been absorbed by the trees cut. Providing a cheap, clean alternative fuel to 80% of Uganda's population is important in fighting deforestation, and indoor pollution which is currently killing 10,000 people (women and children) annually in Uganda.
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Impact on Underrepresented Groups:
Our project empowers local women and girls with a cleaner alternative fuel. Bio gas relieves the burden and drudgery suffered by local women and girls as they gather firewood for cooking in the jungles. The use of bio gas for cooking saves a rural woman approximately 4 hours daily which is used for meaningful economic gains other than unpaid home care work. Women spend 7 hours daily in the process of making meals for their homes (this involves gathering firewood, water and collecting food stuff). By adopting bio gas women will save between 3.5-4 hours daily. Girls will be able to find time to focus on their home work as women engage with fellow women towards socioeconomic growth. RESI employs women to work as bio gas ambassadors who promote clean cooking in their communities. They earn a living for their support, this gives them the power to make financial decisions in their homes instead of relying on their husbands' handouts. RESI trains and employees local youth who dropped out of formal education to work as bio gas technical personnel. These are paid on a commission basis for the service rendered to RESI. They support homes to run repairs and maintenance on their bio gas systems.
Research or Economic Modeling
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