Which of these do you usually use? Choose only one.

  1. Brain
  2. Heart
  3. I don’t know, is there anything else? Let’s put others.

If you answered 1, then you are the rational one. If you answered 2, then you guess it, the emotional kind of person. And if you are the 3rd kind of person, congratulations, you have found a new way to live!

Most of the time, there are only two types of persons, the rational and the emotional. In HiGi, we tried to use the best that we could to use both. If one person thinks, the other person one feels, in this way, we think for them and we feel them.

photo credits to Interaksyon, News5

It all started when we saw the situation of a community in Cotabato, Philippines. They are the usual victims of flooding—not caused by extreme weather calamity or by ineffective draining system but by… Water Hyacinth! Yes, a plant.

photo credits to: The Nature Conservancy

Question number 1

Water hyacinths multiply fast, clogging rivers and eventually cause flooding. With this, we tried to think of a solution that could somehow lessen the number of water hyacinths efficiently.

Of course, we could just simply pluck these water plants and throw them somewhere. But we thought, there should be an effective way to lessen its number. And so again we squeezed our minds with the help of AsianLaunchPad by Startup Malaysia to find an answer for: WHAT DO WE DO WITH THESE PLANTS?

Question number 2

We did some research first and flew to Philippines to see the actual state of the people. After a few weeks, we noticed that they are actually cooking with firewood and charcoal. It was hard as you have to sweat to cook for only one meal. Not only that, when smoke gets in the eyes, it gets irritated and it’s unbearable. Imagine doing that three times a day! For them, this is just an ordinary daily chore. BUT WHAT IF WE CAN MAKE THEIR “ORDINARY” MORE CONVENIENT?

Faced with two problems in the community, we found the answer! It’s by converting water hyacinth into cooking fuel.

Question number 3

We conducted some research and found out it was indeed feasible! But we told ourselves, we can do better than this. We investigated further until we realized that Philippines actually lives through Agricultural activities.

As we notice some rice husks, coconut husks and many more being thrown away, we asked ourselves our third question, WHAT CAN WE DO WITH THESE WASTES TO


We figured that these wastes can actually be turned into biomass. Finally, we found one solution for three problems: 1) outgrown water hyacinth clogging the river, 2) inconvenient use of firewood, and 3) many agricultural wastes being thrown.

The Answer


We present to you our HiGi briquette, a biomass that will revolutionize our barbecue experience! Our briquette is made of water hyacinth and agricultural wastes which is very easy to ignite, burns longer and hold your breath… no smoke emission. Yes, you read it right! No smoke emission.

We aim to reduce the use of charcoal and firewood by our own briquette. Just imagine how much this could help others in their daily lives!

While the team is growing, our impact to these people are growing as well. And if you will ask us, as to when we shall end? We have an answer for you — NEVER! 🙂

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