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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
Mfaminyen Conservation Society (MCS) is the partner of the month of January!

Mfaminyen Conservation Society (MCS) is the partner of the month of January!

Mfaminyen Conservation Society (MCS) is the partner of the month of January. The Chief Executive Officer; Linus Ita shares their activities in the clean cooking sector in this interview. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Mfaminyen Conservation Society (MCS) headed by Linus Ita was established in 2004 as a community-based organization that seeks to facilitate community development which addresses the physical needs of the Mfaminyen Communities in Akamkpa and Etung LGAs of Cross River State. The organisation was conceived to serve as a vehicle for conservation and preservation of the high tropical rainforest, one of the hot spots of the world. The organization was borne to reduce indoor air pollution by cutting down the menance of cooking with open fire (3 stone stove) and introducing efficient wood stove. Fuel wood is the primary source of energy for households in Nigeria. Pressure in many regions has made the demand for fire wood consistently exceed the supply. Mfaminyen Conservation Society (MCS) is providing an alternative solution for a drastic reduction of fuel wood consumption in the country especially in Cross River state. Where do you envisage your organization to be in the next 5 years in terms of production? The locally constructed efficient wood stove “Ekwuk” is one of the conservation projects of the community. The stove is produced from 100% local content – from clay and other materials sourced locally in the communities and manufactured by community members. The stove is one of the most acceptable clean cookstoves in the locality. MCS’s target is to produce and distribute two million efficient...