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12,000 farmers empowered through biofuels

It was a privilege as the Board secretary to represent our Bio fuels Association of Zambia member @GroAfrica as who were awarded a certificate for their work with cassava farmers by her excellency the vice President Madam Inonge Wina at the launch of the largest commercial ethanol production plant in the country at Zhongkai International, Chibombo District. Through this effort, the government will empower over 100,000 cassava farmers who will have a ready 6000 tons per year market for their crops. Some of the expected products include bioethanol which can substitute or supplement petrol fuel in cars.

Soap production feasibilty

A recent visit on the 8th of April 2019 from some Master degree students from the Imperial College of Business in London, resulted in the development of a feasibility study to take the soap production of the business to the next level.

Tapa Chinkondia Natural soap will be stocked in local stores nation wide within 6 months.

Vodafone Interview

A sneak peak video into how we operate at Tapera, courtesy of Vodafone JUMP Zambia

Rural education on agro waste to charcoal briquettes

The goal is to reduce the rate of deforestation while maintain easy access to cooking fuel. Glad to say that we accomplished both over the long weekend in rural Zambia by training over 30 youth and women participants in turning agro waste into charcoal briquettes, as well as providing them all the tools necessary to go into production 

BBC Interview on The entrepreneurs innovating against the odds in Zambia

27 May 2016 Last updated at 14:17 BST

Zambia is one of Africa's largest producers of copper but with global prices down, the economy has suffered a huge knock: Some mines are closing, the currency is weaker and the cost of living has gone up, But surprisingly, some entrepreneurs in the capital city of Lusaka are showing a great deal of resilience.


CNN interview: Could this startup help prevent future fuel crises in Africa?

In Zambia's capital Lusaka, Mutoba Ngoma saw a need for action -- and with his extensive background in aeronautical engineering, the shrewd businessman decided to do something about it.

He says: "I had just completed my schooling in the UK in aeronautical engineering and I came across a program about renewable energy in Brazil. At the same time Zambia was going through fuel shortages."
He founded Tapera -- a biofuel company that converts used vegetable oil into fuel -- in 2006 with a two-fold mission in mind: increase the country's fuel supply sustainability and provide vocational training and stable job opportunities.


Jatropha curcas Market linkages

With growing demand for cheaper and consistent fuel alternative, we pursued the option of processing non edible vegetable oils into bio diesel fuel. The indigenous plant we opted for is jatropha curcas plant, for its non edible vegetable oil and the potential to use the seed cake as livestock fodder.

The ongoing operations is to continue to work with thousands of small scale farmers who have established jatropha curcas fields and hedges. Jatropha curcas is a shrub that grows up to 3 meters tall.