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Improved Cookstoves Program for Zambia

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Location: Eastern Valley, Zambia (Rural)
Duration: 2013 – present
Partner: Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO)
Carbon Standard: United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) (PoA 8060)

We have been installing clean and efficient cookstoves in Zambia and other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa for several years. In Zambia, we work with our on-the-ground partner Community Markets for Conservation (COMACO) to help install the stoves and half-wall kitchens and for project monitoring. Together we continue to expand our operations and our impact solely from the purchase of carbon offsets by institutions and people like you.

The households that receive the clean and efficient cookstoves and half-wall ventilated kitchens live in rural villages and are at the very bottom of the pyramid. For the most part, they live outside the cash economy.

We provide the durable metal parts to the households at no cost and the households contribute their labor to make the bricks and mortar from scratch and assemble the stoves. The households also produce the bricks for the half-wall ventilated kitchens. They do all of this according to our designs and the technical backstopping from COMACO.

Not only does a clean and efficient stove reduce 6,600 Ibs (3 metric tons) of carbon dioxide emissions per year, it produces a number of co-benefits for the users such as reduced time and drudgery collecting firewood, and reduced exposure to harmful cooking smoke.

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