Social entrepreneurship: the key to long-term sustainable charcoal

With a view to long-term production of carbon briquettes from coconut waste in Cambodia, GERES had transferred the social company SGFE to a young entrepreneur wishing to develop use of the technologies on a sustainable, socially aware basis.

This small is now in a position to achieve financial equilibrium. A good news was welcomed by all the GERES teams who joined SGFE’s employees at the inauguration of the new production facilities on 15 June.

At present, SGFE is employing 22 people, of whom 19 have come from the integration programme run by our partner NGO Pour un Sourire d’Enfant.

For this type of event, tradition dictates that monks bless the building and the employees. A ritual that will certainly contribute to the prosperity of all.

In Cambodia, partnerships like this with private enterprises ensure a sustainable future for our solutions. Consequently, this is our preferred development model for every project implemented in that country.

Indicators and key figures:

  • Number of indirect beneficiaries (in 2012): around 300 families using the charcoal briquettes and a client base of 55 businesses and establishments (small shops & restaurants)
  • 165% increase in turnover in 2012 in relation to 2011 (by volume of briquettes sold)

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