Tinder 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.