Association for Better Life has been running since 2014 the biomass briquette project (or eco-briquette as they are well-known now) with local youth working in the production facility as part of their internship programme held in collaboration with the vocational high school of Kecerovce. They have drawn up a business plan and they started the small-scale sale of briquettes helped by Nora which visited the site of the briquette production and offered her expertise in order to make the eco-briquettes even more sustainable. The business has transformed ever since into a social enterprise.
Association for Better Life (ABL) selected two disadvantaged families from Rankovce and asked Nora for ways in which their everyday life could be improved, especially in terms of appropriate heating systems. After a few months, Nora visited Rankovce with Edmund Morriss, a mechanical engineer from the UK, and together they started the project called ‘Rankovce Wood Stove Project’. In 2015, ABL together with Nora and Edmund, built a masonry heater and cooker for a family in Rankovice, which the family is still using. In 2017, they built an outdoor kitchen in the Association’s new community space in Rankovce; it features a rocket stove (a cooker which uses very little wood to cook food), a grill and food preparation area; all built from recycled materials and locally sourced clay.