Learning from Sudan
While “improved” cookstoves do exist in Uganda, almost all of them are insufficiently equipped to reduce smoke to levels that reduce the risk of respiratory illness.
The stoves that can reduce illness are prohibitively expensive, ranging from $50-100.
Building on our work in Sudan, in Uganda our model relies on a marker based approach in which we lease cookstoves and solar lights while selling safe and sustainably produced fuels via a home-delivery model of the fuel on a weekly basis. The home delivery model solves the problem that other fuel suppliers in the sector have had, where customers reverting back to charcoal within just weeks because charcoal is more widely available. Our model also offers women and their families the ability to utilize best-in-class stoves at little-to-no upfront cost – allowing them the opportunity to transform the way they cook and light their homes while improving their health and economic well-being.
These stoves all reduce respiratory illnesses, reduce carbon emissions, and use 60% less fuel.
Our stoves use charcoal briquettes, a locally made/sustainable fuel which entirely replaces the need for charcoal, which is the number one cause of deforestation in Uganda.
Charcoal briquettes can be made from charcoal dust that accumulates in charcoal markets and is otherwise wasted, or they can be made from carbonized organic waste such as sugar cane stalks, maize cobs, and other agricultural residues. This fuel can be used in place of charcoal with similar, if not better, performance. We partner with Green Bio Energy to ensure that the briquettes that we’re providing to our customers are both affordable and high quality.