Collaboration with EPFL

Methanation and drinking water supply projects in the village of Giteranyi, Burundi

Created in 2020, the project consists in studying the viability of a business model by which one would produce biogas and fertilizer from organic waste, bought from the local population. Given that this is an end-of-Master project, the project realization would be done in collaboration with the EPFL (Financial Engineering section), the association SOS Eau Giteranyi and with the University of Burundi (Prof. Dr. Sanctus Niragira and Prof. Dr. Charles Bakundukize), the latter two providing a link with the local community.

Collaborations with the University of Burundi

Since no field study had been carried out before in Giteranyi, in 2015 we called on an on-site expert to make geological and hydrogeological investigations in the field during the first phase of the project: Prof. Dr. Charles Bakundukize, Head of the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Burundi and expert in this field. For the drilling part of the project, he is our project manager on site.

Since 2019, our team has been collaborating with Prof. Dr. Sanctus Niragira, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at the University of Burundi, to carry out a KAP (Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices) survey in Burundi. This survey will allow us to have figures and data in the field to help with requests for funds, to have an assessment of the situation before and after the project implementation in order to measure its performance and to have an understanding of the public opinion on the project.

Other Collaborations

Our project was presented at the University of Southampton in 2017 as part of the Eurocall conference. The theme of the conference was Student Engagement and Motivation, which is one of the main pillars of our project.