Best of Waste Limited (BOW) is transforming the community of Kiteezi through its eco-friendly and smokeless carbonised briquettes. In 2012, Betty Kaddu left employment to work at home as a part time consult in her career while taking care of her young family. In a bid to cut cooking costs at home she engaged her household and neighbourhood to start making fuel briquettes with hands from food peelings for subsistence.
Best of Waste Ltd’s drying production facility before incubation
What started as a cost cutting venture gave her a sense of satisfaction from the livelihoods she had impacted that eventually she reached out to more people in the community. This led to the birth of Best of Waste Limited (BOW), to mobilise women and youths to sort, dry and treat waste in their area which they bring to the factory for recycling into Briquettes. Through training, they are enabled to work in their locations at different stages of the Briquette value chain while utilising the waste which is in plenty in the area.
Until late 2014, BOW was still struggling with challenges of low production of about 1 tonne a month due to poor drying facility, poor machines, low staffing to mention. In 2014 BOW qualified to be incubated by The Renewable Energy Business Incubator (REBI). With REBI came investment support for the acquisition of new machinery, training in business skills, proposal writing, marketing, networking, mentoring, pitching, sourcing for funds, and many other opportunities. BOW has transformed from a small enterprise of 2 part-time workers to a medium scale enterprise of 7 workers and a network of women and youth in the community.
BOW’s production increased to 3 tonnes a month after installation of the new drier and will increase to 10 tonnes a month after installation of new machines that are yet to be installed.
Our plan is to raise $5,000 towards marketing and branding our product in order to increase sales to match the target production of 10 tonnes a month. From the revenue, we will be able to run our operations and fund our expansion plan. We will also be in position to construct a waste drying and treatment facility worth $15,000 that can produce material to make a tonne of the briquettes daily. We will employ qualified staff in each of the departments and support staff from the community. We will create a model training Unit to equip interested groups, youth and women with skills in briquettes making. Through this value chain we target to impact 2000 people by 2020.
- Living Earth Ugandaenrolled BOW for the initial training in Briquettes and business skills
- GVEP International has provided mentoring, training and marketing support and helped BOW acquire a stall in the Wandegeya New Market.
Contact us: Namaganda Betty Zizinga
BEST OF WASTE LIMITED
P.O. Box 25703, Kampala
Mobile: +256 772 517674/+256703827850