Environmentally friendly cooking briquettes

Gichuki Wa Nuthu

Thika, Kenya

16% paid forward

Entrepreneur

Name

Gichuki Wa Nuthu

Member since

June 2020

On-time repayments

92 installments  •  100%

About Me

My Name is Gichuki Nuthu from Kiambu county, Kenya. I reside in Thika sub county near the county's largest dumpsite Kang'oki. When I bought a piece of land here 5 years ago, my plan was to ascertain how I can benefit from waste dumped without raising conflict with the community around who scavenged for valuable in the dumpsite. The valuables include but not limited to plastics, metal cans, nylon bags for recycling and stale food which are fed to dogs and pigs.
Only a few, if any, were interested with bio garbage from markets, residential and business areas.
I am Certified Public Accountant of Kenya and with my background in management accountancy and finance, I ventured into recycle of this matter to clean the environment, avail affordable source of fuel to neighbours and create employment.

My Business

In the year 2018, I ventured in recycling of this bio waste matter including sawdust from sawmills and timberyards, charcoal dust from yards.
Towards this, I engaged a local technician who calibrated a local briquette machine which currently produce 6 -25kg bags a day. We sell at kenya shillings 30.00 a kilo.
These products have ready market in the neighborhood where clients use briquettes in their homes for cooking, others use for warming up their chicken broods. Thika sub county has many chicken rearing farmers. There is also the nearby Nairobi city, Kenya's capital where a sizable population still depends on charcoal as fuel and we have introduced our briquettes as a substitute to save forest and environment.
We also use some in our kitchen. This has reduced our domestic budget substantially.
We have created employment whereby,currently we have one employee. We hope to employ more in near future after upgrading our briquettes machine as the current one has reached maximum production and it level of efficiency is not satisfactory.
We also utilise the excess space for chicken rearing. In the last festive season we managed to make sales ok kshs 50,000. There are also 20 hens that remained for egg production. We hope to expand the the project in preparation for upcoming Easter festivities in April 2022. We plan add 40 - 3week old chicken and rare for 3 months when they will be ready for the market.

Project Proposal

When I bought this land about ,5 years ago, it had 6 single rooms. I occupied 3 rooms with my family. The other rooms have various uses one if them being factory of the briquettes. It's iron sheets are old and rusty . I am planning to modernise by replacing the roof and plastering it. It will become hospitable. Iron sheets will cost around 20,000, timber 10,000 sand 16,000 cement 10,000, electric installation 10,000 ,labour 15,000
miscellenious fittings 8,000

My Videos

Jan 9, 2021: Briquettes and chicken rearing in thika kenya

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  • Adam Shipp    Jun 26, 2021

    He kept up great communication and had a very thought out business plan. I would definitely lend to him again.

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  • Erik G    Jan 15, 2021

    Really good communication fro Gichuki and he seems to have tought out his plans for his business well and works hard to achieve them as he did to pay off the loans. Very happy to lend to him again and know the loan will be well managed.

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Project Info

Project Type

Pay It Forward

Disbursed amount

$780.35

Date disbursed

Feb 18, 2022

Cost to entrepreneur

Service fee: $131.65

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marycb

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Nakuru Rhonda Estate, Kenya

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Roel De Meester

Antwerpen, Belgium

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Monty Lewis

United Kingdom

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Kaptulwa, Kenya

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Nairobi, Kenya

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Hamburg, Germany

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Akosombo, Ghana

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Kilgoris, Kenya

Linda Mukami

Nairobi, Kenya

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Kericho, Kenya

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United States

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The Hague, Netherlands

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