Overview: Since 2018 CQC has distributed approximately 270,000 bamboo seedlings to the recipients of our rural stove program, with 197,000 bamboo seedlings graciously donated by USAID. CQC is currently preparing for another massive distribution of 350,000 bamboo seedlings this upcoming wet season. Only households continuously using and properly maintaining their cookstove are eligible for a bamboo seedling, reinforcing positive behaviors over time. Dendrocalamus asper commonly referred to as giant bamboo is a rapidly growing, dense-clumping, non-invasive bamboo species that grows well in tropical climates such as those in Malawi. Bamboo is multipurpose and can easily be used as a sustainable fuel source for our improved cookstove, building materials at the household and community level, and as a source of income generation. Our goal is to create a network of women bamboo growers surrounding the greater Lilongwe City area that CQC would buy back as fuel to supply the urban market.
Intended Goal/Outcome: Planting bamboo at scale will create a sustainable fuel source at the household level and build a virtual plantation for supply to the urban markets as well as create effective carbon sinks to mitigate global warming.
SDG Contribution 15 – Life on Land: Sustainable management of forest, including halting and reserving land degradation, with particular emphasis on reforestation.
Number of Potential People Impacted by the end of 2022: 620,000 since 2018, with projected 350,000 households in 2021.
Staff Highlight Series: Simon Borcherdt
At C-Quest Capital, the heart and soul of our success lies in the dedication and passion of our exceptional team members. We are excited to kick off a series of blog posts highlighting the exceptional talent we have in this company to put a spotlight on the remarkable individuals who make our organization thrive.
Mahua Acharya Joins C-Quest Capital as Chief of Staff
C-Quest Capital (CQC), a world-leading carbon finance business dedicated to catalysing an energy transition across Africa and South Asia to mitigate climate change, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mahua Acharya as Chief of Staff.
Press Release: Shell and C-Quest Capital agree funding for an Efficient Lighting Project in India
Carbon project developer, C-Quest Capital (CQC) and Shell International Eastern Trading Company (Shell) have agreed the financing for one of the largest household efficiency projects globally. The project, dubbed ‘Project Shine I’, will replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs (ICLs) with energy efficient LED globes across disadvantaged rural, and peri-urban regions of India.
Stories of Impact: Behind Tsotso Stove, there’s a story to tell
Local Poet Sylvia Muzarrabani composed a poem titled "Behind Tsotso Stove, there's a story to tell". The poem encapsulates her feelings of how CQC's TLC Rocket Stove has transformed the lives of the people in her village.
Stories of Impact: CQC Mbaula Trophy Championship
Thousands of people, many travelling hundreds of kilometres and many hours away have made the trek to witness the finals of the CQC Mbaula Trophy Championship, C-Quest Capital’s inaugural soccer and netball tournament held in Lilongwe, Malawi.
LED’s Lighting a New Path for Future Sustainability: Part Three
In this final part of our blog series, we will hear from three regions, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, and Bihar