Partner: WISE (Women Initiative for Sustainable Environment), based in Kaduna, Nigeria

Goal: Improve the health and safety of women, reduce deforestation and increase household savings in Kaduna State through training women entrepreneurs to build and scale clean cookstove businesses, train their families and communities to adopt cookstoves, and form networks to advocate for clean energy at the local and national levels in a region severely impacted by climate change, deforestation, and poverty, where high percentages of women are sick and die from smoke inhalation from traditional open stoves.

Projected Impact: 30 women launch clean cookstove enterprises, reaching 13,000 people in Kaduna, Nigeria with training and the opportunity to purchase clean cookstoves and thus breathe healthier air, reduce deforestation, increase household savings (because families will no longer spend as much money on firewood for cooking), improve health and safety, and transform their sense of personal and communal empowerment.

Launch date: Q2, 2016

Meet the Women Leaders

Olanike Olugboji, Project Leader

Olanike Olugboji is a WEA founding mother, who participated in WEA's first Women and Water Training in Kenya. She then returned to Nigeria and launched WISE, which today has trained over 3,000 women in clean energy, safe water technologies, and entrepreneurship.

At a Glance

93,000 Nigerians die annually as a result of smoke inhaled while cooking with firewood.*

 

72% of Nigerians depend solely on fuelwood for cooking. After malaria and HIV/AIDS, smoke is the biggest killer of mostly women and children.In addition to this health problem, traditional biomass stoves burn 90% more wood than is necessary. This has cost poor families and institutions money that could be spent on education, health, and nutrition.*

 

Nigeria’s fuel wood consumption is about 80 million cubic meters, making biomass fuel the most common source of household energy in Nigeria.*

 

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WISE and WEA are now accepting applications from African women who are working for energy access, health, security and environmental sustainability in their communities. We welcome environmental advocates, organizers and entrepreneurs to apply to participate in the 2017 WISE-WEA Kaduna Women’s Clean Cookstove Training Program.

To apply, simply download the application, and follow the instructions for filling it out and sending it in by January 13, 2017. If you’d like a Microsoft Word version of the application to fill out electronically, please send us an email request.
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“As a young child, barefoot women and girls carrying heavy containers of water on their heads, walking long distances under the searing sun were a common sight. The reality of this stayed with me, and I knew I would do something about it someday.”

— OLANIKE OLUGBOJI, WEA FOUNDING MOTHER, PROJECT LEADER

 

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The Need

In Nigeria:

  • 95,300 people die every year from inhaling cooking smoke
  • If a woman cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a traditional cookstove, it is equivalent to smoking 3 to 20 packets of cigarettes a day
  • After malaria and HIV/AIDS, smoke is the biggest killer of mostly women and children
  • Traditional stoves burn 90% more wood than is necessary, costing poor families money that could be spent on education, health, and nutrition
  • Deforestation is happening at an alarming rate due largely to wood as cooking fuel

Most people are not aware of the grave health and environmental risks associated with traditional open fire cooking, or cannot afford cleaner options.

The Project

Together in 2016, WEA and WISE are partnering on the Women’s Clean Cookstoves Project to train 30 women entrepreneurs to build and scale clean, affordable cookstove businesses, train their families and communities to adopt clean cookstoves, and form networks to advocate for clean energy at the local and national levels. These 30 women will reach 13,000 people in Kaduna, Nigeria with the opportunity to purchase and appropriately use clean, affordable cookstoves. As a result, these families will have the chance to breathe healthier air, reduce deforestation, increase household savings, improve health and safety, and transform their sense of personal and community empowerment. Our team aims to achieve the following:

  1. Clean cookstove businesses. 30 women will participate in a three-part training, including leadership, entrepreneurship, and clean cookstove technology. Graduates will receive grants to start clean cookstove businesses in their communities. They will be equipped to market stoves with strategic messaging and train their communities on the benefits and operation of the new stoves, reaching 13,000 people within one year.
  2. Leadership, advocacy, and intergenerational knowledge. In order for women and their families to adopt clean cookstoves, it is critical that they understand the life-threatening importance of replacing traditional cookstoves and see positive changes in their own communities. Through participation in community trainings, public demonstrations, networking events, and advocacy campaigns, women across generations will increase their capacity and confidence to be social, ecological, and economic leaders in their families and communities for adoption of clean, safe cookstoves.
  3. Financing for cookstove purchasing. At a pricetag of approximately $15, even “affordable” clean cookstoves can be cost-prohibitive for low-income families in Nigeria. This project will use savings and lending programs to ease the financial burden for families making the cookstove transition. With lower firewood costs, these new stoves are expected to pay for themselves within 2-3 months of daily use.

 

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