Sanga is a devoted social entrepreneur who has committed himself to bettering the lives of his fellow Ugandans. His vision is to provide clean, inexpensive cooking energy to all Africans while improving socioeconomic outcomes and reversing deforestation. A former corporate accountant, Sanga is a graduate of Business Administration at Makerere University, Kampala and has started three successful enterprises before EFA that currently employ over 120 people.
Sanga is a TED Fellow, 2012; a Community Solutions Fellow, 2012; a Tech Awards Laureate, 2012 and an Unreasonable Institute Fellow, 2011.
In January, 2009, Sanga travelled from Kampala where he worked as an accountant in a top bank to go and visit his mother in his home village in Western Uganda. On his way home, Sanga met his 12 year old sister carrying a heavy bundle of firewood on her head. She had missed school that day and walked for 10 kilometers to gather firewood for his family. When his sister saw him, she started crying and told him that she was tired of missing school to gather wood. This troubled Sanga so much because he wanted his sister to stay in school.
Sanga immediately decided to quit his secure job with just $500 in savings to totally focus on finding a solution to overdependence on fuel-wood in Sub-Saharan Africa so that girls like his sister could stay in school. Everyone thought he was crazy! He spent a long time researching possible solutions until he realized that he could turn agricultural and municipal waste which is abundant and just wasted in Sub-Saharan Africa into clean burning fuel briquettes.
He sold all his personal belongings including his bed and invested all the money in research. After failing many times, Sanga finally invented simple, easy to use technology that can convert farm and municipal waste into clean cooking fuel briquettes as an alternative to fuel-wood. This technology is the foundation upon which Eco-fuel Africa is built..