TANZANIA: Her Protection was of the Essence when I resolved to give her

rosemary_ntoipo
Posted October 18, 2018 from Tanzania
Renewable energy ( Briquette)
Some of the briquettes I made as an alternative to tree cutting for fuel.
Donkeys carrying bags of charcoal
Donkeys carrying bags of charcoal: Woman takes charcoal bags for sale at a local market This contributes to land degradation (1/1)

When my dream in Apicultural Entrepreneurship started I didn’t realize that there were so many government rules to conform with. At first it seemed quit fruitful and interesting. There were lots of bees that kept on changing positions on our roof (in the ceiling) to date. The bees had identified themselves it.

With high hopes of becoming an entrepreneur on this line it had its own challenges. I needed to conform to the laws governing this business. This slowed down the pace at which I thought I would make to reach my goal in it. Although I have not given up, I then sort to doing something on the side to help protect the environment.

Many trees at the time were being cut down for fuel by the locals. At some point this was very bad due to the number of trees fell every day. Many donkeys could be seen ferrying plenty of bags full of charcoal to a town center.

All along the government of Tanzania had banned the cutting of trees due to land degradation/ destruction of trees. The government started taking serious measures on those who continued the practice which saw the local leaders become accountable to the same.

This immediately stopped the felling of trees for fuel in the Semi Arid lands. It again, saw many people especially women without any source of income for long. Some of them were depended on it. The fuel is in high demand and might see the same practice taking place secretly at some point. It was then I sort to making alternative energy (Briquettes) for sale at the local market.

I trained one volunteer and today we are selling biomass energy fuel. We expect to produce more when we get a briquette making machine. This will ensure job creation to women who have no other livelihood to depend on.That’s why “Her Protection was of the Essence when I resolved to creating renewable energy.” Providing security to our forests is very important we are the best advocates to protection of “Great Mother Earth”. I am doing it because I love her.  She was created to provide for each one of us everywhere around the world and in “Justice for Climate Change”.

This story was submitted in response to The Future of Security is Women .

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Lisbeth
Oct 18, 2018
Oct 18, 2018

Hi Rosemary,
Its a nice article on mother earth. Good initiatives, I mean about the substitute for the charcoal.

Actually, there is degradation in all over the countries that used charcoal puuha :-(

How do you make the Briquettes? Is that the image? What goes in the production?

Will like to hear more.
Thanks
Lisbeth

rosemary_ntoipo
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hi Lisbeth,
Am very happy to connect with you here. Thanks a lot for the comments. Yes, that a picture of Briquettes that i personally made. It is quite easy especially if you have the right materials. No problem I can teach you to do that. Will send you a copy of materials you need and instructions how to make them.

Am very grateful catching up with you and in sisterhood

Rosemary.

rosemary_ntoipo
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hi Lisbeth,

I will send you details and a link on the same.

warmest regards,

Rosemary

Jill Langhus
Oct 19, 2018
Oct 19, 2018

Hi Rosemary,

Wow! This is awesome that you created this briquettes. What a great idea and I love how much you care for Mother Earth:-) I would love to hear, too, how you got the idea to make these and what they are made of.

Hope you're having a great day!

Good luck with your story submission, dear!

rosemary_ntoipo
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hi Jill,

Very happy catching up with you again. Thanks a lot. I will send you more details and a link to the same.

Have a great day and thanks.

Very warm regards,

Rosemary

Jill Langhus
Oct 22, 2018
Oct 22, 2018

Hi Rosemary dear,

You're welcome:-) Okay, great!

You, too!