Making Waste Work – Transforming woody waste into fuel briquettes.
Making Waste Work – Transforming woody waste into fuel briquettes.
This Project focuses on contributing to other eco-friendly initiatives aimed at addressing environmental issues associated with climate change, resource depletion including deforestation, air pollution and poor waste management. This will be achieved through recycling of biomass materials to produce biomass briquettes for household and industrial use. Through waste collection for use in the production of briquettes as well as providing cost-effective alternative sources of energy for household use, this project will also focus on livelihood opportunities that aim at providing gainful employment to young people, particularly within the Western Rural District and across the country in general.
It is no hidden secret that the communities living in mountain rural districts are faced with very few options of economic activities. The area is prone to frequent crop failures due to the poor climatic conditions caused by extensive destruction of forests which has subsequently destroyed all the water catchment areas. In addition, the condition is made worse due to continuous cutting of trees for either charcoal or firewood. Charcoal and firewood form the biggest source of fuel for cooking in the mountain rural district. The two sources of fuel (firewood and charcoal) are environmental hazards in that they pollute the environment through fumes/smoke and gases. There is therefore the need for alternative sources of energy that will be able to address the above problems.
This project seeks to reclaim the tree cover along the relevant water catchment areas and encourage the community use alternative sources of energy. The dwindling forest resources, and expensive hydropower could not be the better answer for this ever-growing energy demand mainly for cooking and heating purposes. Therefore, technologies related to alternative renewable energy sources have recently been introduced for adoption and development, initially in the Western rural district with the possibility to escalate it to other geographical locations across the country.
The proposed project will address the problem at different levels in different magnitudes. Since briquettes can be made from unwanted bushes that inhibit the growth of forest tree plants,
• It will not compete with fuel wood rather substitute it giving a chance to thrive the growth of forest trees that would greatly contribute to maintaining the greenery or better natural environment.
• It will also give self-employment opportunities to the raw material collectors who are generally poor men and women of the villages helping them to generate some additional income and contribute to empower them economically (MDG – 3).
• The persons engaged in production and marketing of briquettes will also get good employment opportunities.
• The transporters and distributors of briquettes will also get job opportunities. Moreover, the users at villages or towns will get more efficient and cleaner form of fuel wood substitute that provides energy for cooking and heating with almost no smoke.
• It will also substitute the consumption of kerosene and LPG in the communities to some extent during the periods of stress in supply of these energy sources as it oftentimes happens due to various reasons, domestic as well as increase in importation price factors. This will also greatly reduce the expenses incurred in treating diseases related to smoke pollution, as briquettes do not produce smoke.
The Project will be implemented in the Western Rural District of Sierra Leone

Project Snapshot

Galilee Gallery Organization
Sierra Leone
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 20,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 48,175.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
Project Number:
SLE/SGP/OP7/Y2/CORE/ CH/15/10/2021/18
Currently under execution
Project Characteristics and Results
Significant Participation of Indigenous Peoples
Capacity building and sustainability have been built into the project design and implementation. Across various project intervention areas the local language will be used for training to encourage indigenous people to participate and build ownership. The long?term sustainability of the project will however depend on several factors including security and political stability in the targeted communities and the country at large and these have been noted for the exit strategy, which will require a gradual phase?out approach
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Economically, women headed households engaged in trading will be encouraged to expand their business through linkages. Besides, series of advocacy sessions will be held and women will participate to make their voices heard. Livelihood related activities will also target those women traders with the greatest human security needs, and will have an impact on peace and stability within these communities.
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Tonnes of CO2 decreased or avoided by energy efficient and renewable energy technologies or applying environmentally sustainable transport practices introduced by SGP Project 24200
Number of indigenous people participated/involved in SGP project 250
Number of individuals (gender diaggregated) who have benefited* from SGP project 250

SGP Country office contact

Mr. Abdul Rahman Adaama SANNOH
+232 76 789 985