Dear friends,

We are very proud to announce that we have finalized the 60,000 cookstoves distribution milestone of the Hifadhi project in Kenya!

The local team has been highly motivated and performing. Congratulations to all of them!

After this distribution phase, new very motivating challenges arise: monitoring of the cookstoves, quality improvement, trees nurseries deployment, reinforcement of the group dynamic, value chain, etc. Lots of very promising perspectives to expand and contribute to improve livelihoods in the communities.

We are enthusiastic and eager to reinforce the impact of the project!

Financed by the Livelihoods Carbon Fund*  and co-developed by Climate Pal and EcoAct, the Hifadhi project was launched in the Embu District to provide a more sustainable cooking solution to households and decrease deforestation. It now equips 60 000 households with clean cookstoves, positively impacting the lives of 300 000 people in rural communities.

The project employs 30 local workers to build the cookstoves and is certified by the Gold Standard.

Project impacts and benefits:

The project impacts the lives of 300 000 people and will preserve the equivalent of 1 200 hectares from deforestation over 10 years.

Thanks to this modern cookstove, wood use and harmful smoke are reduced by more than 50%. There are many benefits for women and children, who traditionally take care of wood collecting and cooking chores. First, it considerably improves their health, reducing disease and preventing fire hazards. Secondly, they save time and money, since there is only half the need for wood. With the time saved, children can focus more on educational activities.

Key to this project success is that the technology is affordable for rural populations. This is possible thanks to the fact that a Kenyan team produces the stoves with a local supply chain, and that carbon finance subsidizes part of the price.

Additional benefits include:

  • Goal of decreasing deforestation and providing trees on farm
  • Seedlings distributed to households: fruit trees, fuel wood trees and medicinal trees
  • Raise environmental awareness
  • Empower women through community based training

Thierry Fornas

* The Livelihoods Carbon Fund, created by 10 companies (Danone, Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A., Michelin, Hermès, SAP, CDC Climat, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde. More on www.livelihoods.eu) aims at supporting the efforts of poor rural communities in developing countries to restore their natural ecosystems, thus improving their livelihoods.