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The Ugandan Improved Cookstoves project subsidises the sale of fuel-efficient biomass and charcoal cookstoves across Uganda to improve cooking conditions and reduce indoor air pollution. This Gold Standard project is establishing markets and offers microcredit to help rural and peri-urban households and institutions, such as schools, who are unable to afford upfront costs. To date, more than 480,000 stoves have been sold through the project, benefitting 2.4 million people.
In addition to carbon sequestration, the project delivers a number of sustainable development benefits. These include:
- Job creation: The project employs 51 staff members in operational, management and administration roles. The project also currently employs more than 230 local artisans in manufacturing and marketing positions.
- Improved health: Through the use of an improved cookstove, families require less fuel and reduce their exposure to health risks associated with traditional stoves, such as burns and indoor air pollution.
- Financial security: The improved cookstoves, which reduce fuel use by 36% compared to traditional cooking
methods, can save families more than US $105 per year and, through a microcredit system, households are offered a reduced price on the stove’s initial purchase. Additionally, the project developer sells larger institutional stoves to schools, saving roughly 45% per meal cooked on fuelwood compared to traditional stoves.
Standards: Gold Standard