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Purchases on AmazonSmile Benefit TCP

Here is an easy way to support The Charcoal Project.  AmazonSmile will make a donation every time you make a purchase, based on how much you purchase.  Login to your Amazon account and then switch to smile.amazon.com.  You can designate Charcoal Project, Inc. as the benefitting charity.  You only need to make your purchases from AmazonSmile, which is exactly like ordering from Amazon and carries all your shopping preferences.  Thanks for your support and happy shopping! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-3653389

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SCIENCE: Facts & Fiction About Charcoal in Developing Countries

SCIENCE: Facts & Fiction About Charcoal in Developing Countries

If you think charcoal is only used by the poor in developing countries, or that its use for cooking will decrease over time, or that charcoal production causes deforestation, or the charcoal sector is economically irrelevant, or that improved cookstoves mitigate deforestation and GHG emissions… think again.

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TCP Kickstarts Bee-Keeping Program for HFI Partner

TCP Kickstarts Bee-Keeping Program for HFI Partner

At the Teso Women Development Initiative, they try to find different ways to help the environment and local women in need.  While they have been busy lately building a charcoal briquette business, they have found time to seek out other ways to help women in Soroti. Many families in Sub-Saharan Africa rely on paraffin or kerosene for lighting, both dirty fuels that increase indoor air pollution.  Candles made from beeswax, however, are clean burning.  They emit no soot and do not contain artificial scents or perfumed chemicals.   This is one of the reasons TEWDI is starting a bee-keeping business. … Continue reading

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Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development Webinar – Follow-Up Discussion on March 26th

Join us for a webinar on Mar 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM EDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/87856833712257025 On March 5th, 2014, Winrock International and EPA Cookstoves & Indoor Air co-hosted a Webinar titled “Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative.” This webinar featured speakers from the Harvest Fuel Initiative, a collaboration between MIT D-Lab and The Charcoal Project to promote the development of solid biomass fuel enterprises. On March 26th, 2014, members of the Harvest Fuel Initiative will be holding a follow-up Webinar to answer questions related to the first presentation or from people who were not able to attend. … Continue reading

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Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative

Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development:  Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative

Please join us for a special webinar exploring the development and scaling up of alternative briquette fuel enterprises.  March 5th from 10 – 11:30 am Eastern Standard Time   Winrock & U.S. EPA Cook Stoves & Indoor Air  U.S. EPA | Winrock International | Webinar Archive Charcoal Briquette Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative March, 5, 2014 10:00 a.m – 11:30 a.m Eastern Standard Time (EST) Charcoal briquettes made from various types of biomass feedstock have the potential to displace unsustainably produced charcoal and significantly reduce biomass consumption, but there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration before scaling … Continue reading

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2014 SEED Awards

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: 2014 SEED Awards

We received the following announcement for grant opportunities, which we are happy to share. – The Charcoal Project Dear Colleague, I am pleased to inform you that the SEED Initiative has just launched the 2014 SEED Awards to support entrepreneurs for sustainable development. We are seeking entries from innovative start-up entrepreneurs who aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level in a country with a developing or emerging economy. This year SEED will make available up to: 30 SEED Africa Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Uganda; 12 SEED South Africa Awards to enterprises … Continue reading

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How clean cookstoves are helping improve grades in Uganda

Ever seen Derek Sivers’ Ted Talk on How To Start A Movement? You know that lone nut that is dancing at the concert before a second nut joins him, and then, a third, and fourth, and so on? Well, that’s how we’re feeling right now.

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2013: TCP Launches A Moonshot Called HFI

2013: TCP Launches A Moonshot Called HFI

Eighteen months ago, we received an unexpected call from D-Lab at MIT. It was Saida Benhayoune, the newly appointed director of D-Lab’s Scale-Ups Program. The call went something like this:  “We’re launching a new initiative designed to scale up access to simple technology solutions for poor people in the developing world. Would you be interested in working together in aggressively boosting access to better technology and fuel solutions for people who depend on wood, charcoal, and animal dung around the world?” “Heck, yeah!” we answered. It was a no-brainer. In January we launched the Harvest Fuel Initiative, a joint collaboration … Continue reading

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