Honduras imports 100% of its fossil fuels. The total value of fuel imports in 2008 was equivalent to 67% of Honduras’ export earnings1, increasing steadily from 49% in 2005 and 56% in 2007. This, combined with the rise of oil prices, led to a number of initiatives for the development of alternative, locally produced, cleaner fuels such as biodiesel, PPO and ethanol, that were supported by the Honduran government via a new law2. However, so far mostly large enterprises have taken advantage of the opportunity3. Small‐scale initiatives, that benefit the poorer parts of the mainly rural population, are virtually nonexistent, due to the lack of availability of appropriate technologies.