Midas Clean Cook Energy Global Ltd is the Partner of the Month of August!

Midas Clean Cook Energy Global Ltd is the Partner of the Month of August!

In this interview, the CEO; Doris McDaniels shares their activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Midas Clean Cook Energy Global Ltd, is an Indigenous Company based in Niger delta Coastal Region of Nigeria. We produce Charcoal Cookstoves. Our objectives are to manufacture durable Stoves of quality and standard, to dedicate effort to surpass the insecurity challenges in the Inner towns and villages of the Creeks, being a far forgotten Area for investors to penetrate into areas that are populated but tagged “The forgotten Areas”. We are very much looking into briquettes production, to reduce or eradicate the use of Charcoal. We beckoned to the call of SPDC, to advocate the use, benefit and production of Clean Cook Stoves in various communities and Midas has been responsive to reaching out to the nook and cranny of the towns and villages in the Creeks to advocate the adoption of Clean Cookstove in various low income homes, which has been a life-saving cooking solution as a result of illegal Refineries producing adulterated kerosene that causes fatal explosion, killing innocent Women and Children using kerosene. Kerosene happens to be the main available cooking solution in the past 40 decades. The insurgency in the Niger Delta has rendered the Creeks unsafe for women to make trips to the mangrove forest to access firewood for cooking, which was the traditional fuel for cooking. The 70s revolutionize kerosene usage until the development of illegal adulterated kerosene in 2005, killing people in scores. Introduction of Clean Cook Stoves by Midas in 2014...
Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is the Partner of the Month of July!

Tropical Research and Conservation Centre is the Partner of the Month of July!

In this interview, the Project Manager, Ikponke Nkanta shares information on the centre’s activities in the clean cookstoves sector. Give us a brief introduction about your organisation. What are the objectives of your organisation? Tropical Research and Conservation Centre (TRCC) is an NGO established in 2001 with a mission to create awareness, build the capacity of rural communities as well as disseminate innovative products and technologies that will promote healthy living, sustainable agriculture, environmental resources conservation and indigenous resources preservation. The organization also promotes the adoption of low cost/affordable and easily accessible charcoal/briquettes clean cookstoves in Nigeria. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Our organisation seeks to facilitate the adoption of about 5000 clean cookstoves among households in Nigeria within the next 2 years. In February 2017, the organization flagged off this initiative officially with a workshop in Akwa Ibom State bringing together relevant stakeholders in the field. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation’s involvement in the clean cookstove sector over the years? Combating deforestation is one of key focus areas of our organization, so we have integrated and adopted the use of fuel efficient cookstoves in our forest conservation program. We have recommended the adoption of efficient fuelwood cookstoves as one of the important measures to combat deforestation to some of our partners. We are also promoting the adoption of clean cookstoves as one of the measures to mitigate health hazards related to traditional open fire cooking method. How are your customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product?...
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...