GVEP participates in the national Alliance’s strategic meeting to strengthen Ugandan cookstove market

Key stakeholders of the Uganda National Alliance for Clean Cooking (UNACC) met for a two day retreat to consolidate objectives and execute plans to increase distribution channels and improve the country’s development of the cookstove market.

Representatives from the clean cookstoves, fuels and the wider renewable energy sectors, forming part of the National Alliance’s National Executive Committee (NEC), met on 20-21 February in Uganda to approve the first year’s operational action plan. The two day event is the first of its kind since the UNACC has affirmed its role as national co-ordinator of the clean cookstove sector in Uganda. Continue reading “GVEP participates in the national Alliance’s strategic meeting to strengthen Ugandan cookstove market”

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Women Kenya making headway in male-run areas cookstove market

 A gender based training event run by GVEP  has been equipping women with knowledge and skills as well as boosting their confidence to tackle the predominantly male-run activities of stove cladding and assembling.

Janet Adeyo, a business woman and a mother of four from Nyahera, a small village on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya, is a role model to many women in the region. Janet has become well known in Kisumu for producing high quality improved cookstoves. She has recently attracted the attention of Kenya’s national television station and was invited to share her story on a talk show. This in turn has contributed to her local fame and constituted a launching pad for her business beyond her region. Continue reading “Women Kenya making headway in male-run areas cookstove market”

Empowering women in business

A recent publication from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves draws attention to the critical role that women play in scaling up the market for clean cooking solutions. GVEP’s experience in working with women-led businesses demonstrates that with the right support, tailored to their specific needs, the entrepreneurial spirit of women can be channelled into a thriving business.

In a newly published resource guide, The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves highlights the vital role that women play in scaling up the adoption of new clean cooking products and services, provided that a gender sensitive approach is used in integrating them in every step of the value chain. Their active participation to the business environment can in turn increase their bottom line, while providing health, environmental, and social impacts – state the authors. Continue reading “Empowering women in business”

Pitching for a unified strategy for clean cookstoves in Malawi

For many developing countries cooking and heating needs in rural areas are met by traditional cookstoves reliant on biomass fuels. This month, GVEP International was invited to present at a Clean Cookstoves Workshop aimed at engaging the support of Government of Malawi .

On April 11, the US Embassy hosted a Clean Cookstove Symposium in Malawi which GVEP International was invited to present a session on assessing the national cookstove market. The symposium was part of a programme spearheaded by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves which aims to mobilse support worldwide for action to address the cooking energy needs of millions of poor households.

Eight African countries have signed on so far as Implementing National Partners with the Alliance, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda from Eastern Africa. GVEP has just conducted assessments of the markets in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania on behalf of the Alliance. Continue reading “Pitching for a unified strategy for clean cookstoves in Malawi”