Gyapa Stoves

Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 estimates that 4 million premature deaths occur every year due to smoke exposure from these methods. In fact, this is the fifth worst risk factor for disease in developing countries and women and children are the most affected.

This project introduces the Gyapa, an insulated and efficient cookstove, to families in Ghana. The Gyapa stove cooks food more quickly, requires 50-60% less fuel and is less smoky. As such it not only cuts carbon emissions, but improves health by reducing exposure to toxic fumes.

Cutting fuel requirements saves families money and importantly, protects Ghana’s dwindling forests – it has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa.

The project also creates jobs and develops skills. The liners are made by a small group of accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training. The metal claddings are made by a further group of accredited manufacturers.

Relief International, our project partner in Ghana, provides training and quality control services, and distributes the stoves through a wide network of retailers.

“Gyapa is a great example of a project in which community benefits are actively designed into an activity at the outset, and subject to monitoring, reporting and verification.” Adrian Rimmer, Gold Standard Foundation CEO.


  • New research shows that for every tonne offset through projects like Gyapa Stoves, you will deliver $55 of health impacts, $93 livelihood impacts and $3 of employment.
  • Our work with Relief International on the Gyapa project was nominated for a 2degrees Social Value award. Read more here.


Key Benefits

  • Cuts fuel costs: 4.1 million people have saved more than $75 million
  • Improves Health: Reduces exposure to hazardous air pollutants improving the health of the cooks, typically mothers and children
  • Slows deforestation: Reduces demand for wood, protecting precious forests.
  • Local economy: Provides additional income to businesses within the Gyapa supply chain – the stoves are locally manufactured and specialist skills are developed
  • Scale and Impact: Over 830,000 stoves have been sold, generating a saving of more than two million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • Employment generation: Through the production and manufacturing chain highly skilled ceramists and metal artisans have a guaranteed employment for their manufacturing services. Currently, over 13,000 stoves are produced and sold each month through 350 manufacturers. In addition, more than 500 local retailers benefit from selling the Gyapa stove.


Case study: Mr Ebrahim ‘Lucky’ Dowda, Stockist

“I can sell 900 liners a month which gives me enough money to send my son to school.”


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