Although the government in Uganda provides free education in public schools, many children cannot attend school because their parents have no money for uniforms, books, sanitary pads and other school requirements. Many poverty stricken households are unable to cook regular meals because of fuel-scarcity and limited resources. Children from these homes therefore go to school hungry and are not able to concentrate in class.
Because of the above problems, many marginalized children especially girls are tempted to indulge in promiscuous behavior with older men who can give them money to cater for their basic needs which their parents cannot meet. This leads to teenage pregnancies forcing these girls to drop out of school. This project seeks to answer 3 major questions;
- What if we create opportunities for marginalized children to go to school by turning their mothers into cooking fuel briquette micro-retailers?
- What if we end the dependence on fuel-wood so that marginalized children no-longer have to miss school while walking strenuous distances to gather wood?
- What if we create incentives that motivate poor parents to keep their children in school at the same time motivating marginalized children to work hard in school?
Our project proposes new and innovative approaches that will work to answer the above questions. At Transforming Disability into Ability (TDA), we invented a simple technology which is used to convert locally sourced farm and municipal waste into cooking fuel which burns longer, cleaner and is 30% cheaper than fuel-wood.
Based on this technology, we are currently implementing a training programme for the would be beneficiaries of this project in Kampala and Mukono Districts in Uganda. Under this project, we intend to sell fuel briquettes through a network of trained women retailers. The retailers will be trained in market skills and supported in opening up kiosks which will be used to retail the fuel briquettes in their neighborhood.
With the income from the cooking fuel briquettes, the beneficiaries will be in position to enroll their children in a local primary school as well as cater for the basic necessities including feeding them.
We are requesting for funding to support in setting up a stationed briquetting technology centre as well as funds for trainings and setting up of kiosks. This will drastically increase our production capacity and enable us to ensure that our retailers consistently have enough fuel briquettes for sale.
In summary, we are requesting for US$ 28,500.