#TFAAspotlight: Sanga Moses, the biochar entrepreneur changing our perspective on waste

Sanga Moses is a Ugandan social entrepreneur and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eco-fuel Africa Ltd. (EFA). Moses is notable for being one of the National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers and then as winner of the $1 million Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award for innovative technological solutions to global challenges.

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When former accountant Sanga Moses ran into his sister on a far-from-home road carrying firewood on what was supposed to be a school day, his life changed. Sanga decided to invest all his life savings ($500) in the creation of an affordable alternative to wood-based fuel.

And in 2010, he launched EFA and produced the first kilns and briquette machines. EFA is a social enterprise selling clean-fuel to approximately twenty thousand families in Uganda and employing 120 people.

The EFA business model created revenue for hundreds of local women retailers, who sell clean cooking charcoal (biochar) briquettes, and for thousands of farmers suppliers, who produce biochar from agricultural waste employing EFA’s kilns technology.

He is 2012 TED Fellow, and a 2012 Community Solutions Fellow. In 2014, he was nominated for The Future Africa Awards Prize in Enterprise Support and worked with the Global Social Benefit Institute of Santa Clara University to develop EFA.

He won the $1 million from Verizon’s Powerful Answers Award in 2017 – a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change the world.

Now, with his company Eco-fuel Africa, Sanga helps farmers transform agricultural waste into cooking fuel, and also sponsors tree-planting projects.

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