UNHCR Equipment Order for SENEGAL

Our colleagues in South Africa - VUTHISA TECHNOLOGIES - have just manufactured a set of Ratchet Presses for shipment to UNHCR in Senegal.    Additionally, UNHCR purchased a series of training manuals  and now hope to begin an extensive biomass briquette production project in the refugee areas.   We look forward to learning more as the project progresses. 

Kobus Venter, Director at Vuthisa with one of the Ratchet Presses ready for shipment.

Kobus Venter, Director at Vuthisa with one of the Ratchet Presses ready for shipment.



Legacy Foundation is in the process of developing a construction manual for a multi-briquette press.   This type of press was first developed in conjunction with in Guatemala and has great potential for multi briquette production in urban and large population areas.   Contact us for more information about the press and about the construction manual.


Exciting news from Uganda.  

The Lubengoa Women Development Association-LUWODEA  has reported that they are progressing in their work making and selling briquettes and they have requested funds to start a MINI FACTORY.   The great part about this story is that we trained their trainer, Flavia Masika in 2010!!!   That is six years ago!   We haven't heard from them since and now they are telling us about all of the success they have achieved without any outside assistance.   Very impressive.   I am attaching some pictures of the group making briquettes.   We are looking for donations for this project that will be sent directly to them.  So if you want to help this dynamic group of women, please make a donation to Legacy Foundation and every penny will go to these women to build their project.   Richard has recommended that they purchase a maize mill as a first step in project development.   That would cost about $1800.    If anyone is interested in seeing their full proposal we can send that to you.    Write to us on this site.


WOW, what a great group of motivated, creative, dedicated trainees!  Trainees from Potters for Peace, The Peace Project, The Aromansse Hotel, a community group from Xiloa and Branching Out Nicaragua, based in Masaya.  We are also pleased to have Tracy Rice and Miquel Lopez as associate trainers.  Miquel built all of the metal presses.  The group is learning fast and working hard and will likely be well on the road to being trainers themselves after getting more experience at production.  We feel very very fortunate to be working with such a training group and are optimistic about the future of ecoleña in Nicaragua.

Thanks again and donations are still accepted to continue the work here.  Go to the DONATE link on our website to make a donation.