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EWA Uganda: Local community and women's group leaders adopting Green Technologies

ARUWE and WECF joined hands by introducing biogas plants, solar dryers, rain water harvesting tanks and composting baskets

08.08.2014 |WECF




A Family with their completed water harvesting tank

Action for Rural Women’s Empowerment (ARUWE) is a grassroots NGO working with the marginalized poor women farmers of rural Uganda.
Two staff members from ARUWE were invited by WECF to participate in a green technologies workshop, which was organised by Integrated Sustainable Energy and Ecological Development Association (INSEDA) and Women’s Action for Development (WAFD) in India in 2013. More information can be found here
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Mobilisation of local community leaders and women group leaders about the different green technologies including bio gas plants, solar dryers, rain water harvesting tanks, composting baskets and the poly green house was the main aim of the meeting.

Locally available resources and materials

The selected households were mobilised to contribute the locally available resources/materials such as cement, sand, bamboo, wire mesh and all the needed relevant tools such as hoes, pangas and knives.



Grameen Bandhu Bio Gas plant
In a workshop participants were taught how to take measurements for the bio gas basket weaving pits, excavating the weaving pits, weaving the bio gas digester baskets, excavating the bio gas digester pit and laying concrete for the digester.
The women were shown how to weave the compost basket.

Current status of planned project activities

ARUWE conducted mobilisation and sensitisation of local community leaders and women group leaders about the different green technologies including bio gas plants, solar dryers, rain water harvesting tanks, composting baskets and the poly green house.



The workshop
Three civil engineering students were referred by Muteesa 1 Royal University, Kampala to participate in the workshop. The planned technologies for the workshop were the following:
  • Grameen Bandhu Bio Gas Plant
  • Solar Dryer
  • Compost Basket
  • Rain Water Harvesting tank
  • Poly Green House
Participants were taught to split the bamboo, soaking it in water for flexibility and finishing it for weaving.  Participants were also trained in how to construct the bamboo solar dryer frame and shelves.

The Workshop was organised within the Project Empower Women - Benefit (for) All (EWA)

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