Bright Energy Africa (BEA) Project – The objective of this project is to improve the living standards of youth and generate income for youth. V4Y provided training to youth on briquette production. This will help youth explore business opportunities through briquette production.
Bright Energy Africa (BEA) converts agricultural waste into biomass charcoal fuel and distributes it as cooking briquettes. Youth become the principal agents of change, selling the briquettes back to their communities, earning commissions and helping to avoid the wood cycle. BEA’s innovative model consists of (1) leasing kilns to local farmers to make biomass char, (2) buying that char back from the farmers at a higher rate than the kiln lease, and (3) employing farmers to run briquette fabricators in central locations, further creating jobs