Efficient cookstoves in Kenya

Standard: GS      Technology: Cookstoves      Location: Kenya

The Gold Standard Burn Stove project allows families in rural Kenya to cook food using cleaner, more efficient cook stoves, thereby consuming less charcoal. Communities typically use wood and charcoal to fuel open fires and inefficient cook stoves, creating indoor air pollution, releasing CO2 emissions and creating pressure on local forests. The Burn Stove Project manufactures and distributes the market-leading ‘Jikokoa’ stove locally, employing over 200 people at its solar-powered factory – over half of whom are women. The stove’s ‘natural draft’ technology reduces fuel consumption and cooking time by up to 50%, saving families up to $250 on fuel a year. In 2015, Burn’s innovative design was recognised by the internationally renowned Ashden sustainability awards.

Delivering against the Global Goals

Reduces the cost of cooking and increases disposable income for remote, rural communities across Kenya.
Lowers exposure to indoor air pollution, which is a primary cause of respiratory disease.
Decreases time spent cooking and fuel gathering, leaving more time for children to study.
Women and girls spend less time cooking and collecting fuel.
Clean cookstoves are essential to helping developing communities gain access to sustainable energy for household tasks.
Creates local jobs in making the stoves, and through monitoring, education and training programmes.
The project is estimated to have cut more than 3.3m tonnes of CO2 between 2010 and 2017.
The project is helping to reduce pressure on Kenya’s vulnerable forests.

Case Study: Teresia Wanjogo – Kawangware

“Before, I used a 50 shilling tin of charcoal for just one meal. Now, I use one tin to make three good meals for my family”.