The Problem

Each year, Africa loses forest cover equal to the size of Switzerland. With over 90% of the Ethiopian population dependent on firewood and charcoal for cooking, deforestation forces women and children to travel further and further to gather firewood, taking up their valuable time that could be used for more productive pursuits.

What we’re doing

Potential Energy is launching a project in Ethiopia, a country with a strong demand for safe, environmentally friendly cooking solutions. Similar to our work in Darfur, we’re partnering with organizations that are deeply involved in the communities where they work, maximizing our effectiveness.

User-Centered Design
Engineers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory modified the Berkeley-Darfur Stove to suit cooking Ethiopian culture and cuisine, resulting in the Berkeley-Ethiopia Stove. Based on feedback from Ethiopian cooks, the Berkeley-Ethiopia Stove has been designed to prepare staples such as shiro-wot and coffee. Modifications include an ash pan and supports to accommodate coffee pots and roasting pans.

Cost-Effective Supply Chain & Local Employment
We plan to work with local businesses to establish and enhance manufacturing capabilities in Ethiopia, making the stoves entirely within country.

Creating Sustainable Markets
Potential Energy’s ultimate goal is to leave behind a self-sustaining social enterprise that could continue to produce stoves long after we leave Ethiopia.

Siiqqee Women’s Development Association
Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA)