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...
Nenu Stoves is the Partner of the Month of December

Nenu Stoves is the Partner of the Month of December

Nenu Engineering limited (Nenu Stoves) is the Partner of the Month of December. Chris Obi, General Manager, Nenu Stoves shares the company’s experiences in the clean cooking sector. Give us a brief introduction of your organisation. What motivated you to start your organisation? Nenu stoves is an initiative of Nenu Engineering limited (a clean technology company) that was formed for the purpose of developing, manufacturing and marketing improved cook stoves in Nigeria. We started operations in 2015 and so far over 2,000 household across Nigeria have adopted our “Life Saving” charcoal and firewood cook stoves. The motivation to start and grow this business stems from the realization that toxic smoke from kitchens across Nigeria results in over 95,000 premature deaths annually. Hence, Nenu stoves is in business to ensure that cooking doesn’t kill. What does your organization seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? Currently, over 24 million households in Nigeria rely on traditional inefficient fires to cook their meals. Nenu Stoves seeks to replace about two million inefficient cook fires with highly efficient cookstoves by year 2020. How are customers reacting to your products in the market – benefits of using your product? Customers’ reactions toward Nenu cook stoves have been very positive. Our customers are increasingly adopting our cook stoves because it consumes less cooking fuel, cooks fasters, and emits less toxic smoke compared to the traditional “three stone fires”. What are the opportunities in the business environment that have supported your organisation over the years? As a budding social enterprise, getting support in Nigeria has not been easy. However, in 2015 Tony Elumelu Foundation noticed...
Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) is the Partner of the Month of November

Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) is the Partner of the Month of November

Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) is the Partner of the Month of November. Olanike Olugboji, Program Director of WISE shares their experiences in the clean cooking sector. What are the objectives of your organisation? WISE is a grassroots nonprofit organization that envisions a safe, healthy and just environment for everyone. Our mission is to advance constructive environmental practices by empowering people, mostly women and female youth, to become community-environmental stewards; while also supporting them to take advantage of opportunities in natural resource stewardship. Over the years, WISE has been involved in strengthening the roles grassroots women play in community resource management. We have worked for over seven years to mobilize disadvantaged women, especially, in Kaduna State, Nigeria by addressing a number of environmentally destructive cultural practices in water and food supply, energy services, natural resource access, education and waste management issues. Our programs deliver environmental awareness and education on climate change, conservation, energy, food and water security, renewable energy, as well as sanitation and hygiene. We also teach peace and conflict resolution, micro entrepreneurship, citizen journalism, empowerment 2.0 and digital empowerment. To support further WISE’s efforts, we lobby individuals, governmental and intergovernmental bodies, NGOs, CBOs and other individuals and corporate organizations to develop environmentally sustainable initiatives that socially and economically empower women. What does your organisation seek to achieve in Nigeria’s cooking energy market? WISE provides easy access to clean cooking options that are often not within the reach of poor women by facilitating awareness creation, financing support and the distribution of clean cookstoves. We promote and sell clean cookstoves through awareness creation, capacity-building trainings and provision of...