Tapera worked with local donors and NGOs to train rural youth on how to turn agro waste into charcoal briquettes
     

The goal is to reduce the rate of deforestation while maintain easy access to cooking fuel. Glad to say that we accomplished both over the long weekend in rural Zambia by training over 30 youth and women participants in turning agro waste into charcoal briquettes, as well as providing them all the tools necessary to go into production 

BBC Interview on The entrepreneurs innovating against the odds in Zambia

27 May 2016 Last updated at 14:17 BST

Zambia is one of Africa's largest producers of copper but with global prices down, the economy has suffered a huge knock: Some mines are closing, the currency is weaker and the cost of living has gone up.

Big industry is reeling from the shocks and small business is shouldering a lot of the burden, too. But surprisingly, some entrepreneurs in the capital city of Lusaka are showing a great deal of resilience.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36399305

Africa needs more global trade and less of Dead Aid!...


Tapera CEO was invited to Vallendar in Germany to share his experience on how he create a positive social impact through the for profit organisation which is Tapera

SOURCE: https://www.facebook.com/WHUsensability/videos/10154048021489413/

CNN interview: Could this startup help prevent future fuel crises in Africa?

In Zambia's capital Lusaka, Mutoba Ngoma saw a need for action -- and with his extensive background in aeronautical engineering, the shrewd businessman decided to do something about it.

He says: "I had just completed my schooling in the UK in aeronautical engineering and I came across a program about renewable energy in Brazil. At the same time Zambia was going through fuel shortages."
He founded Tapera -- a biofuel company that converts used vegetable oil into fuel -- in 2006 with a two-fold mission in mind: increase the country's fuel supply sustainability and provide vocational training and stable job opportunities.

SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/19/africa/tapera-alternative-energy-africa/

Jatropha curcas Market linkages

With growing demand for cheaper and consistent fuel alternative, we pursued the option of processing non edible vegetable oils into biodiesel fuel. The indigenous plant we opted for is jatropha curcas plant, for its non edible vegetable oil and the potential to use the seed cake as livestock fodder.

The first step in this phase is to work with thousands of small scale farmers who have established jatropha curcas fields and hedges. Jatropha curcas is a shrub that grows up to 3 metres tall.

In Zambia it grows naturally as a wild tree, and each tree can bears up to 3.5 kilograms of oil bearing seed per year, based on rain fed irrigation only. for a small consumption base like Zambia, we would require only 100,000 SSF out of the ZNFU registered 500,000 SSF to each cultivated 1000 trees as natural barrier hedges for their fields to prevent wildlife from destroying their crops.

 

The trees are providing protection from wild life as well as generate an extra income for the farmers from the oil seed they will produce. Our oil expelling capacity is 800 kilograms of seed processed per day.