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DGB’s Kenya cookstove project: kicking off 2024 with sustainable impact

In our continuous journey towards a more sustainable and healthier planet, we're thrilled to share the latest milestones from our Kenya Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project. As we forge ahead, it's crucial to celebrate every step that brings us closer to our vision.

DGB’s Kenya cookstove project_ kicking off 2024 with sustainable impact_DGB team members distributing cookstoves_visual 1DGB team members distributing cookstoves. Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project, DGB.

In January, we reached a significant achievement by producing and distributing 9,000 energy-efficient cookstoves, bringing efficiency to countless homes. February has already seen the production of 3,000 cookstoves, with 5,000 of them finding their way to families eager for a change. This progress is not just a number; it's a testament to our commitment to sustainability and health, embodied in every stove we create.

Read more: Meet Kenya's green heroes: the team behind the Hongera projects

We're on the brink of an exciting milestone, nearing the distribution of 50,000 cookstoves. This figure represents 50,000 families who've embraced a cleaner, more efficient way of cooking that benefits both their health and the environment. [Update: in March 2024, we reached the significant milestone and manufactured and distributed 50,000 energy-efficient cookstoves to local households.] As we close our first monitoring period and embark on the second, we're not just counting stoves but making every stove count towards our credit issuance this year.

DGB’s Kenya cookstove project_ kicking off 2024 with sustainable impact_Drone picture of local people at the energy efficient cookstoves meeting_visual 2Drone picture of local people at the energy efficient cookstoves meeting. Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project, DGB.

The heart of our project lies in the lush landscapes of Mt Kenya and the Aberdare regions, where our cookstoves are more than just products. They're a symbol of local craftsmanship and sustainability, designed to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve. By reducing firewood consumption, we're preserving local forests, reducing deforestation, saving time and money for firewood collectors, and creating cleaner household environments. Our stoves are also locally made, offering many job opportunities to the community.

Our energy-efficient cookstoves are a beacon of hope, demonstrating that local initiatives can have a global impact. By reducing cooking time and smoke exposure, we're significantly lowering the risk of respiratory diseases, making a profound difference in the health and wellbeing of communities.

Read more: Igniting impact: scaling up the Kenya cookstoves project

This project stands as a model of sustainability, where every cookstove manufactured and distributed is a step towards a healthier planet. Our commitment to aligning local needs with global priorities has never been stronger. As we continue to engage with communities and foster sustainable practices, the Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project is a movement towards a better, greener future.

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DGB’s Kenya cookstove project_ kicking off 2024 with sustainable impact_Local men arranging cookstoves in a row_visual 3Local men arranging cookstoves in a row. Hongera Energy Efficient Cookstoves Project, DGB.

Let's keep the flame of change burning bright. Together, we're not just changing habits; we're igniting a global movement towards sustainability and health, one cookstove at a time. Join us in celebrating this remarkable journey, and stay tuned for more updates as we continue to make a difference.

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