Jambo from Tanzania! The team has been busy, busy, busy as we spend time meeting with more organizations and building demonstration kilns. On Tuesday, we met with two organizations that DHE has previously worked with: EARD-CI (Enterprise & Rural Development – Community Initiatives) and Vision 4 Youth. At EARD-CI, we met with Naomi, who told us of all the opportunities and struggles that Lulu Vicoba, the community bank of around 30 men and women that the organization oversees, has had in briquette production. When DHE arrived in 2012, they helped to set up a briquette operation. Lulu Vicoba used a mixture of sawdust, paper binder, organic materials and charcoal fines to make the briquettes you see below. Some of the filler materials are not carbonized before being processed and pressed. However, as you can see in the picture, these briquettes are not fully carbonized and are quite ashy, meaning they don’t work very well for cooking. We learned that, naturally, Lulu Vicoba needs to have higher quality briquettes in order to sell them. This is where our team comes in – we’ve been hard at work on different models of TLUD kilns and a more efficient carbonization process that will produce better char which will then produce better briquettes, and produce an income for Lulu Vicoba in the markets. We intend to meet with the group to complete our impact analysis study and to gauge the group’s interest in producing its own char.