By Pamela Atim
South Sudanese Loketa women group in Ariwa One village in Rhino Camp Refugee settlement have found ways of not only sustaining their lives by making briquettes but also supporting sustainable waste recycling.
The Loketa women group make briquettes as an alternative to charcoal which according to Oxfam if adopted will reduce on cutting of trees for charcoal. The briquettes making which started last year is being supported by Oxfam. The public health officer Oxfam Francis Ogwal says the organization has been able to supply the women groups with the briquettes machines and building their capacity.
The leader of the Loketa women group Anomie Mary said the group started by knitting with support from care but when Oxfam came in, they found making briquettes far better. She however says they have a challenge of transporting the briquettes to the market.
The women have little to worry about when it comes to the raw materials. Edna Khemis a member of the group says they use biomas which is most at times available because it comes from the rubbish of simsim, ground nuts and maize.
The public health engineer Oxfam Patrick Odong says in two weeks time the group will have a well-established drying and production place. He also says the raw materials will not be a challenge.
The pilot program started in October last year as a sanitation option of recycling solid waste into briquettes to provide for cooking needs of individual households. End.