Mr Richard Arwa, the CEO CIST-Africa display a litre packed biofuel from their factory
Water hyacinth is seen as an irritant that clogs waterways, making it harder for boats ferrying passengers or carrying fishermen to navigate Lake Victoria.
While water hyacinth poses a threat to some countries, the Organization Centre for Innovations in Science and Technology in Africa (CIST- Africa), proved the contrary by turning it into cooking energy.

CIST- Africa; also  member of Kenya Nile Discourse Forum (KNDF) produces 300 litres of biofuel daily that are used by about 540 households in Siaya and Kisumu counties.
The CIST- Africa’s CEO, Richard Arwa says that they produce biofuel that is cheaper than kerosene. He proves that the biofuel is smoke free cooking energy which makes it a suitable fuel for cooking and lighting.
It costs CIST Africa Sh42 to produce a litre of hyacinth biofuel, which retails at Sh70, cheaper than Sh85 or more for a litre of paraffin.

A litre of water hyacinth biofuel burns for up to five hours on the highest power setting. According to CIST Africa, a household preparing three meals a day uses a litre of biofuel for three days. This adds up to about 10 litres at Sh 700 per month. 

Figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show that households in Busia, Homa Bay and Siaya rely the most on kerosene for lighting and cooking.
Society for International Development, reports 64 percent households in Kenya using firewood as the main source of fuel, followed by charcoal at 17 per cent and paraffin at 12 per cent.

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