Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies (AEST) converts agricultural waste like, peanut husks into a readily available and clean source of energy used for cooking, both in institutions and households.

➢ Individuals or institutions with modest incomes that previously used charcoal or firewood, can now use these processed briquettes that do not generate smoke, allow for long-term burning and are less expensive than coal. They have the added value of reducing air pollution; deforestation and the time spent cooking.

➢ “This grant will allow us to buy equipment and better machinery to increase our capacity to cope with the currently increasing demand. This grant will also allow us to expand our distribution network and marketing efforts to ensure that our products reach a wider market.” – Betty Ikalany, Founder and CEO

The Ugandan entrepreneur Betty Ikalany uses agricultural waste such as maize and ground husks to make charcoal briquettes in Uganda. She is one of the four laureates of the African Start-up Award at the New York Forum Africa in Libreville, Gabon.

The banks would not give her a loan, so Ikalany sold her father’s cows to finance her first project. She wanted to help women use cheaper and cleaner energy.

With her new business, “Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies”, she makes improved cook stoves for sale to households and institutions at an affordable price. The stoves use less fuel than traditional metallic stoves, thus cooking more efficiently and saving energy. Women are not her only targets however. She wants to address gender along with development issues using clean energy and new technologies.