Practical Action created the “Alternative Fuels for Clean Cooking and Productive Use” project to support entrepreneurs and promote alternative clean fuels for cooking and productive use.
Through her own hard work, Laventer has found community through her peers and is known to her many customers for her signature smile, enterprising spirit and her briquette business.
Briquettes are manufactured logs made from compressed wood by-products and provide an alternative to traditional firewood logs for cooking. With support from Practical Action staff and partners, Laventer not only provides for her family, but also promotes clean energy alternatives to her community.
With clean energy entrepreneurs now enjoying an increased income, a new savings culture has been created through the Village Savings and Loaning Association (VSLA), where each group member can save surplus income from their business profits and apply for loans to boost their business.
Recently, Laventer made the bold step to acquire a loan in order to buy her own briquette production machine. By owning her own machine, Laventer now has full control of her production schedule to meet the growing demand for briquettes in her area. Her new machine allows her to produce up to 400kg of briquettes per day comfortably, and transport them to her many loyal customers.
Laventer isn’t alone. Since 2019:
Notes for Editors
Practical Action is an international development organisation that puts ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.
Practical Action helps people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by climate change and gender inequality. It works with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And it shares what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.
Practical Action consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent publishing company and a technical consulting service. It combines these specialisms to multiply its impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.