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TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURAL WASTE TO SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

Our mission is to replace firewood-as-fuel in Kenya and East Africa.

 

We produce a modern biomass energy product from sugarcane waste. We call it Sugarwood. Our briquettes and pellets are a superior fuel across household, school, and industrial sectors.

 

Better performing. 

Better for the planet. 

About

UPCYCLING SUGARCANE WASTE

WATCH: How We Do It

A glimpse of our process

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OUR PRODUCTS
Benefits of our briquettes & pellets vs conventional firewood

Product
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Greater Calorific Value

= Double the total heat output

Twice the Density

= Burns 50% longer 

Less Moisture

= Less smoke & pollution

Year Round Supply

= Consistent availability

Free of Impurities

= No "clinker" 

Lower Ash Content

= Less time clearing the boiler

WHY NOW

Why Now
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OUR IMPACT

Impact

SAVING FORESTS

CURBING DEFORESTATION

Firewood consumption is the driving force behind the rampant deforestation in Kenya and East Africa. Creating alternatives to firewood, is a key part of the solution. Each ton of Sugarwood is equivalent to 25 trees worth of wood fuel. We are aiming to save two million trees in Kenya by 2025.

JOBS=SUSTAINABILITY

There aren't many options for earning a viable income in rural western Kenya. Basic subsistence farming predominates. We are helping to change that by creating additive and year-round jobs with training, benefits, and a pathway for promotions. We have created over 100 jobs and we expect hundreds more in the future. We believe sustainable jobs are the heart of economic development. 

CREATING JOBS

REDUCING CARBON DIOXIDE

Using Sugarwood instead of conventional firewood saves trees that sequester CO2. Upcycling bagasse also prevents the emission of methane, a greenhouse gas that is 80x more potent than CO2. This year we expect to reduce 42,000 tons of CO2. That's equivalent to the carbon emissions from 9,000 cars per year or an individual's carbon burden on over 11,000 commercial flights.

see https://www.carbonfund.org/individuals/

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TEAM

TEAM

Management Team

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Ian Otula

CEO & Co-Founder

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Aaron Pattillo

Chairman & Co-Founder

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Rose Auma

Head of Sun Drying

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Stephen Wabuko

Factory Operations Manager

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Chris Onyango

Head of Collection

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Davis Wachira

Finance Manager

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Peter Ochieng

Production Supervisor

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Sam Oyola

Production Supervisor

Management Team

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Oliver Cooper

Chief Executive Officer

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Ian Otula

Dir. Special Opps & Cofounder

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Aaron Pattillo

Chairman & Cofounder

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Mercy Ingasha

Sales Manager - Schools

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Cliff Odege

Senior Engineer

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George Olewe

Operations Director

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Caroline Gathungu

Finance & Admin Manager

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Danstan Otieno

Sales Manager - Industrial

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Field & Factory Operations

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Contact

CONTACT US

Are you currently burning firewood as a fuel? If so, let's talk. We can arrange a demonstration of our products in your cookstove or industrial boiler. We also provide existing customer references, and supply an independent third-party Certificate of Analysis showing all key parameters of our products.

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Where To Find Us

Vuma Factory + Headquarters

Plot 48/785 South Sakwa, Oyani Road, Awendo District, Migori County, Kenya

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