Awamu is a Luganda word which means “Together“.
Awamu Biomass Energy is a startup social enterprise that is disrupting the energy industry in Uganda through manufacturing and distributing of the clean cooking TLUD gasifier stove plus processed biomass fuels. The company is a spin-off from the Wolrd Bank-funded BEIA project which promoted the Mwoto gasifier stove and was implemented in 2011 by CREEC – Makerere University.
Awamu was incepted in October 2012 and is based at the premises of St. Noah Church of Uganda in Makerere Kikoni. Awamu was inspired by the idea of working with local stakeholders to promote a low cost, locally produced and highly efficient clean cooking solution for the less privileged communities in Uganda. We target rural and peri-urban households that still have access to biomass fuels like wood, agricultural biomass and can process fuels.
Our mission is manufacture clean and affordable cookstoves while creating employment, saving household incomes, reducing indoor air pollution and mitigating climate change.
Our vision is become Africa’s preferred brand of biomass stoves.
Awamu works through established grassroots structures through farmer groups, cooperatives, women & youth groups, local businesses, NGOs and churches to increase awareness and access to gasifier stoves.
Awamu employees, mostly low-income youths inspired by their curiosities about Renewable Energy, while learning job skills that can lead them to management positions. In this way, we combines two traditionally separate models: a social welfare model that guides its workforce development mission and a revenue generation model that guides its commercial activities. Awamu envisions utilizing product sales to fund its social mission, reducing dependence on donations, grants, and subsidies, as well as to scale up the enterprise into a global brand of wood stoves.
Our long-term goal is to distribute 100,000 gasifier stoves and 2,000 tons of processed biomass fuels by 2020.
Impacts: Awamu plans to create 250 jobs for women and youths along the value chain. Our efforts will save 40 million trees from being cut, and will save 65 million hours for rural women and girls. Target households will save $20 million of incomes.