Mr Philip Gitahi , Treasurer of Ngong Road forest association recently visited the N gong forest community to showcase an energy saving alternative project .The project was to use the briquette machine to help the community make some briquettes thus saving large amount of money and energy in purchasing and collecting firewood. The briquettes are made out of paper, cow dug and sawdust .
Mr Phillip demonstrates on how to make briquettes
The briquettes can not only can be used as an energy alternative, but also creates employment opportunities if sold . It does not produce smoke and ash.
The briquette machine components are: pestle, mortar and divider.
The briquette making machine
Procedure of making the sawdust briquettes
Making soil briquettes
1. Put the sawdust into a bucket and add one tin of red soil , the red soil is used as a binder.
2. Mix the mixture and add water .Make sure the mixture is not very wet or very dry.
3. Put the mixture into a measuring cup and put into the mortar and place the divider onto the mixture inside the mortar. Add another mixture into the mortar and place the divider. Do this process one more time.
4. Take the pestle and press into the mortar. The idea is to press the mixture to drain the water.
5. Remove the pestle and take the mortar out in order to remove the mixture which has formed into briquettes. Remove the mixture and dry it in the sun.
end product of a soil briquette
Procedure in making paper briquettes
preparing paper briquettes – pre- soaked paper
1. Get pieces of cur ton box an soak them into bucket of water for 48hrs.
2. After the 48hrs take the papers out and put them in to a tin.
3. Using wood stick beat the mixture till its fine.
4. Using the measuring cup add the mixture inside the cup then put it into the mortar and place the divider into the paper mixture inside the mortar, add another paper mixture into the m0rtar and place the divider. Do this process one more time.
5. Take the pestle and into the mortar , the idea is to press the mixture to drain water.
6. Remove the pestle and take the mortar out in order to remove the mixture which has formed in to briquettes. Then dry them in the sun which are later used for cooking and can also be sold .
The chairman Mr. Phillip asked if the community was involve in other projects ,the women said they were involved in sack harvesting project where the women would grow vegetables . Another project they are also involved in is bee keeping where they harvest and sell the honey.
Drying the briquettes in the sun for later use
Mr.Philip also encouraged to the community to practice butterfly farming; putting nets where the butterfly would lay eggs an produce cocoons which are used as silk. He came with a few books that he sold 100ksh and another at 400ksh each.