Africare is the Partner of the Month of April!

Africare is the Partner of the Month of April!

In this interview, the Country Director, Doherty Orode shares their involvement in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Africare is one of the most experienced and largest African-American led non-profit international development organizations providing development assistance in African countries. We have worked in thirty-six African countries and are currently operating in fourteen. Africare commenced operations in Nigeria in 1978 and has since gained substantial experience collaborating with the private sector; government at national and sub-national level as well as community stakeholders to deliver community-based interventions to the hard-to-reach vulnerable population. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organization seeks to increase the percentage of the Nigerian populace who are aware of LPG, increase the correct and consistent adoption of LPG cookstoves and fuel thus increasing the demand for LPG in households across Nigeria. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? We have continuously engaged major LPG stakeholders in the National LPG Association and the Women in LPG Nigeria Chapter, to identify business opportunities to encourage women to enter the LPG value chain. Can you share the details of your Behavioural Change Campaign and its potential impacts on clean cookstove adoption in Nigeria? Our primary audience is women because in almost all cultures of the world cooking is done by women. We intend to reach them through grassroot level community engagement, using Interpersonal communication (IPC) agents based in the target communities and speak the local language....
WEA and WISE empower women in Kaduna on clean cooking

WEA and WISE empower women in Kaduna on clean cooking

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) USA in partnership with Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) Nigeria organized a training program for Kaduna State Women on Clean Cookstoves from May 24 – 28, 2017 at Jacaranda Farm Resort in Kaduna State. The event was an opportunity to promote women leadership and entrepreneurship, gender equality and contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the event, women entrepreneurial skill was built on clean cookstoves distribution and they formed a network to advocate for clean cooking at the local and national levels. As part of the event, a one-day ‘Cookstoves Fair’ was held where some partners of Nigerian Alliance for clean cookstove exhibited their products. The fair facilitated face-to-face business interaction between participants and manufacturers of clean cookstoves. 30 women entrepreneurs were paired in twos, forming a team of 15. Each team plans to commit to a specific action plan for the year of training in order to develop and scale their business and outreach program. The organizers will give a grant of N105,000 to each team to kick-start the procurement of clean cookstoves, provide follow-up support for each team, and link them to micro-finance for loans to scale up their businesses. Women were chosen because they are typically the primary household energy managers and they have more interpersonal interactions with other members of their communities than men. It is expected that through this training, the women entrepreneurs will reach about 13,000 people in Kaduna State in the next one year. This will help empower fellow women leaders in their communities, and break the structural barriers which limit the success...
Sukuni Renewables Limited is the Partner of the Month of March!

Sukuni Renewables Limited is the Partner of the Month of March!

In this interview, the Managing Director, Adako Kwanashie shares their involvement in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction of your organisation. What are the objectives of your organization? Sukuni Renewables Limited has been involved in research, design, fabrication and marketing of improved cookstoves and fuels for over 6 years. Our main markets are: Kaduna, Kogi, Akwa Ibom State and Abuja. What does your organization seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our company seeks to produce and sell a minimum of one million improved cookstoves by 2020 in Nigeria and neighbouring countries. To achieve this aim, we will collaborate with local and international partners to increase investments in our production infrastructure and marketing/distribution campaigns. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? The past couple of years in Nigeria have been marked with increased awareness by policy makers and the general public about the hazards of cooking with traditional three-stone fire that poses significant health and environmental risks. This awareness coupled with the rising cost of domestic fuels such as kerosene and cooking gas has created an excellent opportunity for our organisation to develop a profitable business that provides innovative solutions. How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product? Our customers have complimented our products for being affordable, innovative and fuel efficient. In particular, many of our customers have praised our battery powered improved stove for reducing cooking time and stress, and for being a smoke-less and convenient way to cook with...
GACC supports three enterprises with CSG in Nigeria

GACC supports three enterprises with CSG in Nigeria

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), with financial support from Shell Corporation (Shell) is providing support to grow the early stage, for-profit clean cookstoves enterprises in Nigeria through its Catalytic Small Grant (CSG) program. Three enterprises emerged as winners of the Catalytic Small Grant Program (CSG) in Nigeria among 57 applications received by GACC. The enterprises are Roshan Global Services Ltd, Nenu Engineering Ltd, and Sosai Renewables Energies Company. These companies were selected through a competitive process and an in-depth on-site due diligence was also conducted. The size of the grant for the 3 enterprises is approximately $110,000 for a period of 1 year. The CSG is one of GACC financial windows aimed at creating a thriving clean cookstoves market in their priority countries of which Nigeria is one. The grant will support machinery/factory upgrade and equipment purchase, marketing activities, recruitment of management teams as well as working capital for the enterprises among others. The GACC will continue to provide grant management support to the...
Project Gaia is the Partner of the Month of February!

Project Gaia is the Partner of the Month of February!

Project Gaia is the Partner of the Month of February. Joe Obueh, Director, Project Gaia Nigeria shares their involvement in the clean cookstoves sector in this interview. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Project Gaia, Inc. was founded in the 1990s as part of a global initiative for the development of clean-cooking alcohol fuels. Project Gaia, Inc has affiliates in Nigeria (Project Gaia Prospects Ltd) and Ethiopia (Gaia Association). Project Gaia seeks to displace the indiscriminate use of charcoal, wood, dung and traditional low – grade biomass fuels by creating robust markets for locally produced alcohol fuels for cooking. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organization seeks to pioneer and position the Cleancook fuel canister to become the universal containment model for alcohol fuels – thereby serving for alcohol fuels much as the gas cylinder serves for LPG distribution. If developed for Nigeria, this innovative containment system would be available for replication in other countries. We want to establish in Nigeria’s fast moving consumer group a comprehensively designed, full-service, retail-ready methanol stove and fuel business. We also want to measure consumer adoption of the methanol stove, investigate usage patterns and identify facilitators of and barriers to sustained widespread adoption. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? Project Gaia has leveraged on the opportunities in Nigeria’s peculiar business environment to consolidate its position in the clean cooking sector over the years. Some of these opportunities are: 1. The large...