COOK STOVE CHALLENGE; UGANDA
PROVEN INTERVENTION TO BE DISTRIBUTED
Efficient cook stoves.
Learn more about the Cook Stove Challenge and how clean cook stoves reduce health and safety risks, lower fuel expenses, and help reduce poverty.
DISTRIBUTION MODEL INNOVATION
The islands of Lubya, Namiti, and Kirewe in the Buvuma district of Lake Victoria are home to 8,300 people. Many of these families use charcoal for cooking, with only a few still using firewood. The islands, which were once naturally forested, now have no trees; all cooking fuel is transported in from the mainland by boat. Prices are increasing due to shortages of fuel on the mainland.
The pilot distribution of efficient cook stoves will take place on these three islands before the business is scaled to include 16 other islands which lie within a 50km radius. Two types of stoves will be distributed: the mini moto stove, a forced air gasifier stove targeted to businesses, and the Awamu Top Lit Updraft (TLUD) gasifier stove, targeted to households. The customer will have several payment options. One option being to pay a 50% down payment for the stove as well as sign an agreement to buy a minimum of 35kg of bio pellets produced by Bakulu Power per month. The balance of the stove cost would be paid over a period of four months from the fuel savings achieved from using the stove.
Bakulu Power will also set up a small biomass pellet plant which will create pellets as fuel for the cook stoves out of maize stovers and sugar cane bagasse from sugar processing factories. Pellets will be sold to vendors who will then sell them at the retail price. Part of the profit margin from the biomass pellets will be reinvested to procure more stoves.
PILOT AND SCALING GOALS
- Purchase of pellet mill, purchase and delivery of stoves, purchase of land before the pilot
- Sign MOUs with women's groups for 3 vendors on each island during pilot phase
- Sell 180 tons of pellets in 6 months
- Sell 1,348 stoves by the end of 6 months
- Sell 20,000 stoves by the end of year 2
Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala - Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Richard Sseruwagi - Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder
Moses Angeny - Technical Officer and Co-founder