The Rwandan-based start-up BioMassters took the problem to heart and built its business around the production and supply of pellet fuel: a clean, safe, and financially attractive cooking solution. Pellet fuel, made from leftover wood of sawmills or furniture makers, uses 90% less wood than charcoal and makes consumers save as much as 30% compared to the dirty fuel. BioMassters purchases the waste wood materials and transforms them into pellets. This industrial process takes place in the company’s own production facility in Gisenyi and comprises the cleaning, drying, pressing, cooling and final packing of the pellets. By now, the factory can produce pellets for up to 10.000 customers per year, explains Claude Mansell, Chairman of BioMassters, and adds “the demand is not the problem, the funding for the initial scaling of the production capacity and the purchase of stoves is”.