Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative is the Partner of the Month of June!

Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative is the Partner of the Month of June!

In this interview, the Managing Director, Mercy Ikeji shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative (DHDI) seeks to alleviate poverty through enterprise development. DHDI addresses the cooking energy problem using a market based approach. DHDI has chosen some Nigerian clean cookstoves manufacturers as her supplier and distributes the stoves through a network of micro-entrepreneurs. DHDI identifies micro-entrepreneurs in its target communities (typically people with existing small shops) and provides them low-interest loans, training, and ongoing support to launch a cookstove business. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Dezionite Helping Hands Development Initiative is tackling uptake and last mile distribution of clean cookstoves through their Dezionite Entrepreneurs (DE) who are equipped with a startup kit of inventory, training and marketing support to reach rural consumers. The micro-consignment arrangement where the entrepreneurs earn commission and only pay for the inventory post sales is a scalable, flexible way to reduce start up financial risk for poor women who lack assets. How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product? Our customers are accepting the clean cooking alternatives even though they complain that the price of the stove is too high and the fuel is not readily available. Job creation and the empowerment of women seem to be increasingly important. How has your organization helped to drive employment generation and the empowerment of women? Dezionite Helping Hand Development Initiatives empowers women in rural areas through our micro entrepreneurs...
ECREEE & ICEED CONDUCT COOKSTOVES TRAINING

ECREEE & ICEED CONDUCT COOKSTOVES TRAINING

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) in collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) conducted a capacity building programme for scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on clean cookstoves testing and standards. The training programme held at the ICEED Clean Energy Development Centre in Afikpo, Ebonyi State from June 5 – 9, 2017. It brought together about thirty (30) participants from Benin, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo to learn the latest developments on stove testing and standards and forge collaboration among West African countries. Testing and standards are important to growing the market for the clean cooking energy solutions in the region. Lack of standards and regulations for clean cookstoves hinders stove manufacturers’ efforts to differentiate their stoves, and also prevents consumers, investors and donors from making informed decisions. Despite the importance of stove testing and standards, a majority of countries in the region do not have testing laboratories and lack the required capacity and awareness on stove testing and standards. The event introduced the participants to the various stove testing protocols and the requirements for completing a stove test, analysis and certification. Participants were also introduced to the Laboratory Emissions Monitoring System and its application in stove testing, analysis and certification using the Water Boiling Test (WBT) Protocol. There was hands-on training for everyone on stove testing, results entry, analysis and the process of grading and certifying stoves in Tiers. The event also discussed the development of national and regional standards for clean cookstoves and the participation...
ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing and standards – Press release

ECOWAS partners ICEED on cookstoves testing and standards – Press release

In collaboration with the International Centre for Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED), the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) is training scientists and representatives of the clean cooking energy industry in West Africa on testing and standards. The training programme held at the ICEED Clean Energy Tr2C 2017 brings together about thirty representatives of the clean cooking industry in West Africa to learn the latest developments on stove testing and standards and forge collaboration among West African countries. Over 90% of households in the ECOWAS region are dependent on traditional use of wood as a primary energy source for cooking. Globally, smoke from the kitchen results in over four million deaths annually. Traditional cooking methods are also expensive, burning up to 90% more wood than is necessary and costing poor families in West Africa money that could be put to better use on education, health and nutrition. In welcoming the participants, the Chairman of Afikpo North Local Government Council, Chief Oko Enyum applauded ECOWAS and its agency ECREEE for providing leadership in dealing with the important problem of access to clean cooking energy. According to him, “Afikpo is proud to host representatives of almost all the countries in West Africa on such an important issue. We are a peace loving people and our town presents an ideal location for knowledge based work and investments”. He thanked ICEED for helping in building skills for the West African region. Testing and standards are key to growing the market for the clean cooking energy soket for the clean cooking energy solutions in the region. Lack of standards and regulations...
Gas to Health Initiative is the Partner of the Month of May!

Gas to Health Initiative is the Partner of the Month of May!

In this interview, the Secretary, Board of Trustees, Betty Ugona shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Gas to Health Initiative (GTHI) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization with a firm resolve to bridge the gap between the private sector and government obligations. We set the ball rolling by promoting the growth of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) consumption in Nigeria. Our primary objective is to sensitize Nigerians on the benefits of using LPG as the best cooking fuel through massive awareness campaigns and free distribution of cylinders and its accessories. We are a registered member of the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) and Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA). What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? We seek to ensure a rapid shift of the energy market towards LPG as the most efficient cooking fuel and simultaneously reduce environmental degradation and promote a healthier environment. We have piloted LPG cylinder distribution outreaches in Bayelsa, Anambra, Enugu, Benue, Gombe, Kano and Kwara states. We have also had outreaches with Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Christian Care for Widows, Widowers, the Aged and Orphans Association (CCWA). What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? We have partnered with some organizations and major plant owners to empower especially the women and promote the use of LP Gas. How are your customers reacting to your...
NEWMAP Commences Stove Distribution in 7 States

NEWMAP Commences Stove Distribution in 7 States

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) have commenced the dissemination of households and institutional clean cookstoves in its seven (7) pilot states. This is part of the multifaceted efforts by NEWMAP to manage the gully erosion and watershed challenges in Nigeria as well as reduce the rate of deforestation in the pilot states. The seven (7) pilot states are southern states with acute gully erosion – Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo States. The project will stimulate demand and create the market for clean cookstoves in Nigeria with an initial focus on these pilot states. The flag-off of the stove dissemination was a one-day ceremony which took place in Enugu State at Ugwunto community, Udi Local Government Area. It was attended by traditional rulers, members of the community, staff and state coordinator of NEWMAP. Ebonyi, Cross-River and Edo states have also flagged off their dissemination within the project communities. The project will compliment the National Clean Cookstove Market Development Programme (NCCMDP) which is an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Environment. It is being developed with assistance from the Nigerian Infrastructure Advisory Facility (NIAF) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Nigerian Alliance for Clean...
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...