Traditional charcoal transporter - Fort Dauphin, MadagascarTinder EcoFuels produces ‘green’ charcoal using Prosopis juliflora as a feedstock. This invasive species, which is locally called ‘mathenge’, damages fragile dryland ecosystems, reduces biodiversity, invades farms and harms livestock.

Together with local communities, Tinder selectively harvests Prosopis before converting it into high quality charcoal using efficient, modern equipment that produces up to 3 times more charcoal from the same amount of wood compared to traditional methods. The charcoal is sold in towns throughout Kenya, where over 80% of Kenya’s urban communities rely on it as a cooking fuel.

By working in partnership with local communities, the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) and other organisations, we convert an ecological threat into a valuable resource that delivers positive social, poverty-reduction and environmental impacts.

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Investors

Tinder Ecofuels is funded by Startle, in combination with funds from Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) and the Common Fund for Commodities (CfC).

Team

Andrew Tanswell
Andrew Tanswell
Co-founder and shareholder
Fiona Mwaura
Fiona Mwaura
Co-founder & marketing director
George Parkes
George Parkes
Co-founder & technical director
Adriaan Mol
Adriaan Mol
Co-founder & director