Gyapa is a Climate+Care project producing efficient Gyapa cookstoves. By cutting emissions of carbon and other pollutants compared to traditional stoves, these help tackle climate change and the negative health effects of indoor air pollution (that kills more people than tuberculous and malaria combined), while also providing skilled employment to metal workers, ceramicists, and local retailers.
While Gyapa stove manufacturers based in the Kumasi market benefit from their central location, they do not own or have rights to their own land. Recently, the precariousness of this arrangement has been made clear: businesses and producers based in the market have been issued with eviction notices as the city authorities pull down the old, informal buildings to replace them with a modern market.
Carbon finance has allowed SUDRA, ClimateCare’s partner on the ground, to step in and support the manufacturers faced with eviction. The project has purchased land and built a brand new high-spec production facility which will give Gyapa stove manufacturers more space and an improved working environment.
Following relocation to the new facility, stove producers will continue to operate as independent businesses. While much of the work to produce the stoves will remain unchanged, the production facility will provide access to new equipment – such as a paint spraying system – which will free up time to produce more liners; time once spent manually painting each metal stove liner.
Importantly, the new facility will not just have a positive impact on production and efficiency but will also provide a modern high-quality working environment to Gyapa stove producers – including, for example, running water and modern bathrooms which are an improvement on the rudimentary facilities available in the Kumasi central market.
Turning a crisis into an opportunity by creating a more secure and professional working environment demonstrates the often-unexpected ways that carbon finance adds value.