Sustainable stoves

Addressing air pollution for health using clean cookstoves

Vision

Efficient, safe and low emission cooking methods available for all of those in the developing world

FIJI

Stoves Sold

Stores with our stoves on the shelves

Distribution Agents in training

Timor

offer tests with 75% success rate and 37% actively seeking a solution

currency tests resulting in current price point

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Partnership with a hardware store to distribute and advertise

THe Problem

3 Billion people around the world still cook over open fires. Smoke inhalation from household cooking is the second largest contributor to ill health in the world, with 3.8 million people a year dying prematurely from illnesses attributable to household air pollution, the majority of these being women and children. Exposure to household air pollution almost doubles the risk for childhood pneumonia and is responsible for 45% of all pneumonia deaths in children less than 5 years old.

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Health

Respiratory issues associated with cooking are estimated to result in over 3.8 million deaths per year. Current methods of burning fuels for cooking are inefficient, cause a lot of smoke and production of harmful gases.

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QUality of Life

The smoke from inefficient combustion also results in significant discomfort during cooking, causing itchy eyes, coughing and carbon (soot) on the walls and roof.

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Environmental Sustainability

Deforestation is an issue across the globe and residential use of wood for cooking is a large contributor to the cutting down of trees in developing countries. Removal of trees reduces the Earth’s capacity to process the carbon dioxide released from human activity. Additionally, this “stored” carbon is then released when combusted. Carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide is released in the burning of wood – when inefficient combustion occurs, black carbon is emitted. Black carbon is one of the top contributors to global warming.

KEY PARTNERS

TIMOR

Vinod Patel Hardware Stores

Mr Sidonio Freitas, CEO of National Fire Engineering Timor Leste

FIJI

Foodhall Supermarkets

Shop2Save

B.L Naidu Supermarket

HOW IT WORKS

We have developed a rocket stove that aims to reduce the fuel required and smoke emitted (especially harmful gases such as carbon monoxide as a result of incomplete combustion). These stoves work with all solid fuels, like wood, biomass briquettes and animal dung. Through increasing air flow it ensures that more complete combustion can occur, increasing heat output.

The business model

We have validated a large component of the business model, given that identified beneficiaries have purchased over 65 stoves. To achieve this, we went directly to the community members  ourselves, however we currently stock stoves in 3 stores and are in the process of developing relationships with distribution agents, who will act as further intermediaries to the end user.. We have a smart ordering system set up, allowing retailers and distribution agents to place orders and pay invoices through a chat bot, enabling scale. We currently are in the process of finding a local manufacturer that is able to make stoves at scale, and this will form the basis of the next steps.

KEy Value Proposition

Improved health:

cleaner air and less pollutants will result in better health outcomes and greater quality of life for those engaged in household food preparation.

Financial Savings:

by removing the habit of burn waste from daily life in developing countries

Time savings

sourcing and preparing firewood from local, adjacent or third party sources takes time away from the household and usually falls to family members preparing meals- primarily females and children. Changing the source of cooking fuel to the household will increase time available for other productive uses.

Environmental sustainability

gaining energy from renewable sources reduces environmental degradation and provides a greater local environment and healthier planet.

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LOCATION

Fiji & Timor-Lesté

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