Through the Promoting Energy Efficiency and Clean Cooking project, we are promoting sustainable, local production, creating jobs and encouraging new local businesses. We are also helping replace 10,000 traditional stoves with improved ones for vulnerable families, and reducing deforestation caused by chopping wood for coal for domestic use. Finally, we are making it easier for families to save on energy products, freeing up money for food, education and health. Pemba City has about 200,000 inhabitants and 88% of the roughly 40,000 families living in the city use coal or wood as their main fuel for cooking, with only 11% relying on an electric stove. Our improved stoves are reaching our set goals. So far, we have produced 8,448 and sold around 6,198 of them, with about 50 members of their community involved in their production, logistics and sale.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an action plan signed in September 2015 by 193 UN member states. It incorporates 17 goals aimed at the socio-economic development of communities and regions. In line with the seventh goal, through this project we want to provide access to energy systems that are cheap, reliable, sustainable and modern (Goal 7).
We believe that workplace safety is a fundamental principle that we share with employees, contract workers and local communities. For that reason, we implement all necessary measures to avoid accidents, including organisational models to assess and manage risk, training programmes, skills development and the promotion of a culture of safety.
The Improved cooking stoves do require some care to ensure their proper maintenance. It's important to clean them after using them, but not with water that could stop them working. These stoves have less of an impact on the environment and in our family we burn ourselves less on using these stoves than on the traditional ones.
Impact on the environment and local community
Our improved stoves have made cooking safer and easier and reduced health problems. A few months after they came into use, the reduction in smoke in people's houses was plain to see. The stoves have proven to be efficient and clearly saved on coal for families. Their heat also lasts longer than that of the traditional “three stones” system of wood or charcoal, which brings serious health risks and wastes a lot of resources.
The project for energy efficiency: photo gallery
Improved stoves raise families' quality of life. In fact, more than sixty local people collaborate in the initiative through which we are replacing about 10,000 wood or coal burning household appliances.
Our results so far
Some project highlights:
trained in 2019 and working on the project
2 sales units
created in 2019
1 production unit
in operation since 2020
8,448 improved stoves
produced from 2016 to August 2020
6,198 improved stoves
sold from 2016 to August 2020
10,000 traditional stoves
that will be replaced during the lifetime
~ 35,200 families
use charcoal or wood for cooking in Pemba
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