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Stoves for Schools Project, Kenya

Discover the impact of DGB's Stoves for Schools Project in Kenya. This initiative introduces energy-efficient cookstoves to educational institutions, reducing indoor air pollution and promoting a healthier, sustainable future for education.


Project general info

kenya MT Kenya and Aberdares, Kenya
Project goal
The goal of this project is to scale the developed efficient cookstove technology for educational institutions to address challenges faced by these facilities while enhancing children's health by improving air quality and reducing health risks. This project also reduces deforestation and restores nature by reducing the amount of firewood needed for cooking.
Team members
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Haron Wachira
Project Director Kenya

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James Wachieni
Field Operations Director Kenya

Project description

Alongside the Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project, DGB is developing another cookstove technology specifically designed for educational institutions in Kenya. The Stoves for Schools: improving health with children and preventing deforestation project uses energy-efficient technology to build larger institutional stoves for educational facilities to replace traditional inefficient cooking methods that cause indoor air pollution, contributing to respiratory and other health diseases. 

Project ID

Project under design.


Positive impact on local communities

The institutional stoves are developed based on the needs and challenges encountered at educational facilities. The school kitchens provide 1–3 warm meals daily for students and staff, especially at boarding schools. Multiple traditional open fires are used for meal cooking, and the extremely poor indoor air quality it creates increases the risk of respiratory diseases and other health problems for staff and students. The energy-efficient cookstoves significantly save both firewood usage and cooking time. They contribute to cleaner kitchens and better health for the cooks and children.

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Positive environmental impact

The project’s cookstoves offer financial savings, reduced pressure on forests, improved health and cleanliness, and ease of maintenance. By reducing the amount of firewood needed for cooking, the project also has a positive impact on the environment by decreasing deforestation for wood harvesting, making reforestation projects more effective.

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Project timeline

The project has a lifetime of 10 years. The cookstoves' lifespan is estimated to last approximately 7.5 years, with plans to renew or replace them after 7 years. Regular repairs and maintenance will also be performed throughout the project's duration.

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The Stoves for Schools Project pipeline

  • New projects
  • Feasibility study
  • Project design
  • Project validation
  • Project implementation
  • Periodic verification
  • Project completion

The project's impact

Energy-efficient stoves bring transformative change to communities, not only improving cooking methods but also enhancing economic resilience. The financial savings from adopting these stoves empower schools, redirecting resources to education, infrastructure, and other crucial needs, fostering overall institutional development.


Beyond schools, the institutional stove project has a broader impact. By promoting cleaner air and better health for students and staff, it reduces air pollution, benefiting surrounding communities. This contributes to a healthier living environment, enhancing community wellbeing and establishing a positive feedback loop. The project stands as a model of sustainable development, illustrating how focused interventions in one sector can profoundly influence various aspects of community life.

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3,000 cookstoves
0.4M tonnes CO₂
3,000 schools positively impacted

Where the project is located

kenya Nyeri, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Meru, Tharaka-Nithi, and Embu, Kenya

About this region

The project is being developed in Kenya, in multiple sites in Nyeri, Laikipia, Nyandarua, Kirinyaga, Meru, Tharaka-Nithi, and Embu. Most schools targeted by the project have an average enrolment of around 500 students. Many schools have already expressed interest in participating in the project, representing thousands of children. DGB aims to reach even more schools beyond those who expressed initial interest.

Stoves for Schools Project diaries

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What we will achieve with this project


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Find out more in the project booklet

Join us to witness the incredible transformation as we breathe new life into once barren lands. Together, we can make a lasting impact and leave a legacy of environmental stewardship for future generations.

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Project investment process

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Assess your environmental footprint

The first step is to measure and understand the impact of your business and commit to environmental responsibility. By doing so, businesses benefit the planet and gain a competitive edge. We prioritise nature restoration, offering businesses a path to a greener future. With our carbon footprint calculator, you can get clarity on your business’ environmental impact.

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Invest in environmental solutions

Once you've measured your impact, the next step is to offset your carbon footprint and develop strategies that leverage nature-based solutions. Carbon offsetting is about investing in positive environmental impact. Our nature-based approach ensures you contribute to tangible, nature-positive outcomes that align with your values and vision, contributing to a more sustainable world.

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Report on your nature-positive impact

After you have offset your carbon footprint, you can celebrate being nature positive. You can communicate your positive impact to stakeholders. DGB can help you with your ESG reporting as well as corporate communication strategies. This isn't just about accountability and transparency; it's an opportunity to inspire others and showcase the tangible benefits of investing in nature conservation.

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement

Article 6 of the Paris Agreement primarily establishes a governance mechanism with transparent registries for bilateral carbon credit transfers between countries that further facilitates a high-quality global carbon credit trading system. Kenya has recently enacted a new Climate Change Act, laying the foundation for its participation in international carbon markets. This updated act is seen as a vital step for Kenya's engagement in activities under Article 6. Our project will align with Article 6’s implementation for Kenya.

How can we help you?

At the core of our mission lies the preservation of nature and the fostering of biodiversity. DGB Group is actively working to restore nature. Join us in creating a greener future through impactful nature-based projects. Reach out to us to learn more about our work.