Problem #2: Traditional cookstoves and fuels are costly and pose adverse health risks
- Globally, 3 billion people rely on solid fuels to cook, causing serious environmental and health impacts that disproportionately affect women and children. According to the World Health Organization, household air pollution from cooking kills over 4 million people every year and sickens millions more.
- Market barriers, including a lack of capacity building for enterprises and insufficient financing along the supply chain, impede the production, deployment, and use of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels in developing countries.
Loans for producers and sellers of clean cookstoves encourage the development and use of local service providers to help create jobs and strengthen indigenous markets for the clean cooking sector.
One partner’s innovative approach
ASA Initiative FNGO, in Ghana, offers loans to support a growing local industry for a clean cookstove that runs on biochar. Through Kiva, ASA is funding trained entrepreneurs to produce the stoves and the biochar made from locally available materials such as sawdust waste and palm oil kernel husks, as well as to sell the cookstoves in their local communities.
What is success?
Over the next decade, we want to see clean energy products become regular household necessities. We define success as:
- Sustainable supply chains: Clean energy products and services being delivered through permanent, self-sufficient channels.
- Social dividends: Clean lighting extending study and work hours, clean cookstoves making homes healthier, and sustainable, cost-effective fuels saving end users time, money or both.
- Falling prices: Costs coming down as the market becomes more competitive, expanding access even further.