Ray McLellan and Andre Kotze, two entrepreneurs based in South Africa, noticed that many people living in rural areas, squatter camps and low-income housing units throughout their home country lacked access to hot water. As a result, personal hygiene was difficult to maintain, and cooking and overall cleanliness was a challenge.
The UNHCR has introduced and promoted the use of mud stoves and biomass briquettes in the Nakivale refugee camps in Uganda through its Briquette-Making Project, a simple innovation that is having a major impact for women and children in the camp.
With its central values of Maendeleo (progress), Umiliki (ownership) and Uwazi (transparency), M-Kopa Solar is lighting up Kenyan homes with clean energy and fair payment plans. Solar power is helping to reduce the use of toxic and dangerous kerosene.
According to the Air Transport Action Group, the commercial aviation industry wants to achieve carbon-neutral growth by 2020. Trash could be the solution. With the number of flights increasing around the world daily, is this pie-in-the-sky thinking? Not according to British Airways and Solena Fuels, who are working together on the GreenSky Project.
Over-dependence on wood for fuel is one of the leading causes of deforestation and desertification across Africa. Over 4 million hectares of forest are depleted each year, which is double the global average. According to the FAO, roughly 575 million people (between 75 – 80% of Africans) rely on wood fuel for household light and cooking. Aside from the rapid …