The BURN Stoves 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 in sales, manufacturing and distribution – 60% 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 towards the Global Goals

Zero hunger

Reduces the cost of cooking and increases disposable income for remote, rural communities across Kenya.

Good health and well-being

Lowers exposure to indoor air pollution, which is a primary cause of respiratory disease.

Quality education

Decreases time spent cooking and fuel gathering, leaving more time for children to study.

Gender equality

Women and girls spend less time cooking and collecting fuel.

Affordable and clean energy

Clean cookstoves are essential to helping developing communities gain access to sustainable energy for household tasks.

Decent work and economic growth

Creates local jobs in making the stoves, and through monitoring, education and training programmes.

Climate action

The project is estimated to have cut more than 3.3m tonnes of CO2 between 2010 and 2017.

Life on land

The project is helping to reduce pressure on Kenya’s vulnerable forests.