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Eco - Friendly, longer lasting and affordable charcoal briquettes

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Who We Are? Meet Our Team!

We listen, we discuss, we advise and develop. We love to learn and to innovate.

Tom Osborn

CEO

At eighteen years, Tom became the youngest ever Echoing Green Fellow in their 27 year history. Creative and innovative, Tom adopts a results driven approach to his work.
Tom’s unique strength is his ability to draw interest and people to GreenChar that helps him to draw strategic partners to Kenya.

Ian Oluoch

Chief Finance Officer

Ian is a SOCAP14 Entrepreneur. Resourceful and proactive, Ian has a genuine interest in the financial institution. He is results driven and adopts a practical approach to problem solving.
By combining effective communication skills with an intrinsic passion to identify the opportunities and create satisfactory results.

Yina Sun

Chief Operations Officer

Yina is a Yunus&Youth fellow and has lived in China, Germany, and the U.S. Yina brings a wide range of skills to GreenChar having worked in research, accounting, and community development. Her keen eye for details, determination and organization skills allow her to accomplish targets even with limited resources

Brian Kirotich

Marketing Director

Brian is a Science and Technology Enthusiast. He is passionate about embarking on a challenging but achievable cause with direct positive impact and change at his local community.
Brian believes we can all leverage on Technology, Research and ICT to about this change.


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Meet our Advisory Board, Staff and our Partners

Jacob Lennheden

Jacob Lennheden is a co-founder of GMin, and Director of Innovate Challenges. After establishing and running Innovate Kenya in 2013, he is now responsible for improving and optimizing existing InChallenges, while looking for opportunities to expand into new locations.
In the past Jacob has consulted for an Entrepreneur Accelerator, managed a Kenyan Food Delivery Start-up and worked extensively with youth empowerment through CISV. He holds an Honors Degree from Simon Fraser University in International Studies and Economics.

Kevin Kung

Kevin Kung is currently a PhD student at MIT working in the Reacting Gas Dynamics Group and advises GreenChar on product development.
His interest is in the intersection of waste management and sustainable human development. As an undergraduate student, Kevin studied physics at Princeton followed by a year in Cambridge.
Kevin is currently developing the second-generation waste-to-char technology for India, under the support of the MIT-Tata Center for Technology and Design.

Leah Stern

Leah manages Echoing Green’s Climate Fellows, ensuring they have the full support, guidance and resources of the Echoing Green community. Throughout her career, Leah has worked at the intersection of environment, gender and poverty at organizations such as the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, CDP, and the U.S. State Department.
Since 2010, she has been involved with Innovation: Africa, raising funds and running campaigns; she now sits on their Volunteer Executive Committee.

Daniel Wald

Daniel is the immediate former Managing Director of Envirofit East Africa and guides GreenChar in business development. Daniel has more than 10 years of experience in sales and operations management, including management experience in the transportation, aviation, and media sectors, Daniel supported the growth of Envirofit’s strategic partnerships across the globe. Bringing with him global experience stretching from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas, Daniel traveled globally working with partners and speaking enthusiastically about Envirofit technologies.
He received his B.A. in Urban Planning, American Studies, and Archeology from The University of Texas at Austin.

Elli Suzuki

Elli Suzuki is GMin’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the management and daily execution of the visions and goals of the organization. Prior to this, Elli was the Entrepreneurial Lead for AITI South Africa and was responsible for teaching the entrepreneurial curriculum, including idea generation, market analysis, marketing, pitching, public speaking/presentations, funding and networking. She was also responsible for building networks of local investors, mentors, entrepreneurs, and developers centered in Johannesburg. Prior to AITI South Africa, Elli worked at Citigroup, where she marketed multi-asset investment solutions to institutional clients from Asia, Europe and North America. Elli holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Swarthmore College, MBA from HEC Paris, and MSc in Management Studies from MIT Sloan.

David Kobia

David is a co-founder and technology lead at Ushahidi and brings more than 15 years of product development experience and a multidisciplinary background to his work, with a focus on social and emerging technologies. He works in a variety of roles, from designer and coder to strategist.
After pursuing a BS in Computer Science at the University of Alabama, he has been a professional software developer and has worked with almost every web technology in use today. David is an MIT Fellow and in 2010, he was a recipient of MIT Technology Review’s TR35 award (35 top innovators under 35) and the Humanitarian of the Year award.



Frequently Asked Questions

How are Greenchar Briquettes made?

Greenchar briquettes use Baggase and Cassava paste as raw materials. They are charred through a process called Pyrolysis and the end product is a longer lasting, smokeless briquette.

What is the retail price for a bag of Greenchar briquettes?

Greenchar briquettes are sold at KES50 and are available at Greenchar branded Charcoal distribution points

How do I get Greenchar briquettes to light?

Greenchar briquettes are easy to light. Heat a lighting material together with the briquettes. You do not need to use normal charcoal to make our briqquettes light.

What is the Retail price for the Rocket stoves sold by Greenchar?

Greenchar distributes different models of rocket stoves. The prices range from KES 3200 to KES 4000

What’s New?

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GreenChar announced one of 42 Echoing Green Fellowship Organizations

GreenChar, a social enterprise that produces charcoal briquettes and clean cookstoves for Kenyan households and institutions has been announced one of the forty two Echoing Green Fellows’ organizations. Out of nearly 3000 applications across the globe, our founder and CEO Tom Osborn was selected along with the leaders of forty-one other organizations to receive two years of funding and foundational leadership and business development support, and a lifetime of membership in a network that includes the founders of Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, African Leadership Academy and SKS Microfinance. Read More


Grenchar sponsored to Showcase at Social Capital Market Confrence

Ian becomes the youngest SOCAP Entrepreneur having received a scholarship to attend the annual Social Capital Markets (SOCAP14) in San Fransisco. Greenchar will be showcasing at the Social Capital Markets Conference in San Francisco from 2th to 5th September 2014. The Conference ia a network of heart-centered investors, entrepreneurs, and social impact leaders who believe in an inclusive and socially responsible economy to address the world’s toughest challenges Read More


Yunus and Youth

Yina Sun, Greenchar COO has been shortlisted as a Yunus and Youth Fellow 2014 Read More


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GreenChar is currently using a manual handpress and employing a staff of 2 to produce its charcoal briquettes. This crude machinery and shortage of staff limits both the quantity and quality of charcoal briquettes. Your donation will directly help us: Build a production plant Purchase a mechanical briquette press Increase staff to 5 JOIN Here


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GreenChar is currently using a manual handpress and employing a staff of 2 to produce its charcoal briquettes. This crude machinery and shortage of staff limits both the quantity and quality of charcoal briquettes.

Your donation will directly help us:


Build a production plant

Purchase a mechanical briquette press

Increase staff to 5

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