MALAWI: Transforming Waste into Charcoal

Rural Women\’s Assembly in Malawi has assisted women farmers in Mchinji district with skills necessary to transform dry waste disposal into a viable product. The women were taught how to make charcoal out of dried waste such as broken nuts, maize husks and other dried wastes.

Alice Kachere, the chairperson of RWA in Malawi, says the chapter organised extensive training for women across the nation as a climate change mitigation measure given that the production of charcoal from waste will help to prevent the unnecessary cutting down of large numbers of trees. Kachere says the decision was taken to offer this training given that most rural women in the country are heavily reliant on firewood and charcoal.

\”The majority of rural women use firewood as their primary source of energy which results in wasteful tree cutting,\” adds Kachere. Women were encouraged to instead plant more trees and be creative with waste materials. The women received training in agroecology and were encouraged to plant trees to protect the environment, among other things. \”Women then received training in the production of charcoal from waste material,\” says Kachere.

Sara Kanthiti chairperson for Mchinji district has described the training as beneficial for the women who are reliant on firewood. \”The women learnt how to make charcoal utilising dried waste disposal which will assist us in switching to using charcoal instead of firewood,\” says Kanthiti. She adds that RWA should keep introducing various entrepreneurship skills, so that women in rural villages might escape poverty and become financially empowered.

The RWA Malawi was established in Mulanje in 2015 with the goal of addressing issues related to climate change, violence against women and girls as well as the 50_50 movement to enhance women\’s representation in politics and all decision making bodies while encouraging the education of young girls.

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