Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The World Bank estimates that 4 million premature deaths occur every year as a result. In Ghana more than 80% of the population use solid fuels for cooking.

This project introduces the Gyapa to families in Ghana. An efficient cookstove, the Gyapa cooks food more quickly, requires 50% less fuel and is less smoky, meaning it not only cuts carbon emissions, but reduces exposure to toxic fumes. Cutting fuel requirements saves families as much as $100 dollars annually, at the same time protecting Ghana’s dwindling forests.

A key outcome from this project is job creation. The stoves are made locally; the liners by a small group of accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training and the metal claddings are made by a further group of accredited manufacturers. The project provides training and quality control services, and distributes the stoves through a wide network of retailers.

  • Over 4 million tonnes of CO2 avoided to date
  • Almost 1.5 million stoves sold, making Gyapa a household name
  • Created meaningful jobs in manufacturing and distribution

Delivering towards the Global Goals

No poverty

More than $165 million saved in fuel costs since the project began.

Good health and well-being

Gyapa stoves reduce families’ exposure to hazardous air pollutants that can cause pneumonia or lung cancer.

Quality education

Reduces time spent cooking, leaving more time for study.

Gender equality

Cuts unpaid cooking time – a significant source of gender inequality.

Affordable and clean energy

Clean cooking is an essential part of ensuring sustainable energy provision for billions of people.

Decent work and economic growth

Stoves are locally manufactured by over 180 skilled ceramicists and metalworks and distributed through a network of 600 retailers.

Climate action

The project has reduced global emissions by more than 4 million tonnes of CO2e to date.

Life on land

The stoves significantly reduce the demand for wood, protecting forests in a country that has one of the highest deforestation rates in Africa.


Ebrahim ‘Lucky’ Dowda is a stockist of the ceramic liners that go inside Gyapa stoves. He sells these from his warehouse in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.

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

Ebrahim 'Lucky' Dowda, Stockist

What the carbon finance delivers

Prior to the launch of this project, there was no mass market for improved stoves. Carbon finance has helped changes this. Funds have been used to finance aspirational marketing using a number of channels, which has driven word-of-mouth sales.

Funds are also being used to improve manufacturing techniques to increase production levels, and in Kumasi a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was built.