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.
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
LED’s Lighting a New Path for Future Sustainability: Part Two
Part two explores C-Quest Capital’s (CQC) efficient lighting program where over 14.5 million LED blubs have already been supplied to over 3 million households. By the end of the program, it will be estimated that up to 50 million LEDs will eventually be installed to many of India’s most rural and disadvantaged communities.
C-Quest Capital Awarded with Best Project Developer: Energy Efficiency
C-Quest Capital has won the ‘Best Project Developer: Energy Efficiency’ and runner-up for ‘Best Project Developer: Public health’ in Environmental Finance’s Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) Rankings 2022.
LED’s Lighting a New Path for Future Sustainability: Part One
With lighting accounting for 15% of global energy usage and nearly 5% of global CO2 emissions, efficient lighting technologies such as Light Emitting Diode (LED globes) have now been moved into the limelight as an essential technology to move the world closer to net-zero – one globe at a time.