An innovative technology that reduces the excessive use of lump charcoal and firewood as well as educating rural communities to use more environment-friendly energy sources has gained attention at the 3-day (Nov. 16-18) ‘Buying Liberia, Building Liberia’ small business empowerment fair at the Monrovia City Hall.
Known as bio-briquettes, it has longer burn time, is cheaper in maximum heat, according to Mr. Morris Dougba of Green Gold Liberia.
“Bio-briquettes products also even cooking temperature and are ecologically friendly,” he said.
Bio-briquettes (Fayacoal) products replace tree charcoal as an energy source and Green Gold is developing communal micro-enterprises to produce biomass crops and bio-char for bio-briquettes production.
The Liberian-owned business is a sustainable, ecologically friendly fuel source company that utilizes biomass items such as corn cobs, sugarcane, peanut shells, coconut husk, rice husk and waste by-products from beer refineries and the palm oil industry to make sustainable bio-briquettes (Fayacoal) products.
Dougba said Green Gold would partner with the sector’s non-profit organizations to contribute to social development through the creation of new jobs in rural areas and the training of households and craftsmen to use this renewable energy source. They also plan to manufacture improved cooking stoves and produce reusable bags.
“The bags we are using for our products are 25kg empty rice bags purchased from consumers,” he said, “the objective is to ensure that Liberians have access to quality products that are ecologically friendly in these days of climate change.
“We want to empower youths and women and develop environmental stewards as we improve the standard of living of our people,” he said.
Green Gold, he said, self-motivates people to become small business operators and environmental stewards through sustainable and affordable solutions to energy crisis to develop the human and natural resources of Liberia.
It is among the best 100 businesses with products on display that include hair care, culinary, food, clothes, value-added agro-produce, medicated and laundry soaps, arts and craft products, among others.