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A Trip to Kibera’s Urban Gardens

On February 20, the re:char team went for a tour of urban gardening projects in Kibera. Nairobi’s largest slum, Kibera is home to an estimated 1 million people in a tiny geographical area of unfortunately no officially documented size. Most residents rent mud-wall homes for families of usually 4 or more people that are about 12ft […]

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Echoing Green in Bungoma

Jambo everyone! On the 12 February we were visited by five members of Echoing Green to examine our state of development here in Bungoma. (Echoing Green is an organization that sponsors a select number of social enterprises each year with funding, social networks and expertise.) To our luck, they brought the first rain drops in […]

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How Many Climate Kilns Can We Build In 4 Days?

Short answer: at least 50. Elaboration: Our Shop-In-A-Box has produced 50 climate kilns in just 4 days, thanks to the hard work of Tom Ochieng and Paul Manda. Even faced with numerous continuing technical challenges, our first 2 hires in Kenya have proved themselves capable of exceeding our initial production goal of 300 units per month. […]

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Welcome to the New Crew

In January, we at re:char brought four new folks to join us here in Bungoma. In this blog post, we introduce you to them and a team member that joined re:char in the end of 2011 but we did not introduce here earlier. Tom Odoyo joins re:char as a top-notch engineer. Before joining re:char, he […]

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Alive, Off-Grid, and In Production

It is with great exhaustion, occasional disaster, and much pride that I present Western Kenya’s newest factory: re:char Shop-In-A-Box #001. In the end, delivery took 4 and a half months: over twice as long as we had hoped and planned. The delivery truck had performance issues, to put it mildly: if I shifted our Land […]

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new years re:solutions

As leaders in the biochar space, the re:char team tries to stay at the bleeding edge of emerging trends. We’ve come up with a list of predictions for the coming year and beyond. Comment around this time next year to see what we got right (assuming the world doesn’t end in 2012):   The Black […]

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The re:char Shamba

In November, re:char leased a nearly 6-acre piece of land in Bungoma, Kenya. Located on the highway less than a kilometer from downtown Bungoma, the property is ideally situated. Farmers from town and the interior can easily arrive by public transport, and larger 18-wheeler transporters can also conveniently pull off from the road that connects […]

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Shipping Containers As Factories / Houses

I presented some of my ideas about shipping containers to Dorkbot Austin yesterday, and a good time was had by all (especially me). Here’s video: And, here’s the presentation:   I think I’ve got a useful (and sexy!) object of my infatuation:)

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A Simple Stove Solution?

    As we’ve written before, there are many exciting and technically advanced efforts in the field of clean cookstoves. These efforts seek to solve the indoor air pollution problems associated with wood fuels, thereby improving the lives of millions of women and children worldwide. Many of these stove technologies also cite reductions in carbon […]

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