Matter of Trust has partnered with Inyenyeri, a fuel-utility company that provides clean cookstoves in Rwanda.

Clean stove technology is an urgent environmental challenge. Every year, more than four million people around the world die of causes related to indoor air pollution and burns – the result of cooking over open fires using wood or charcoal fuels. Three billion people still rely on leaves and stick campfires to prepare their meals every day.

Inyenyeri produces the cleanest biomass cookstoves in the world. The company offers customers two of these cookstoves for free (it offers two stoves in order to give families a second burner so that they don’t need to supplement with a second open fire). The families can then purchase its renewable energy eucalyptus fuel pellets or they can simply take their collected wood to the factories in return for these pellets and cash.

There have been many clean stove initiatives but this one has been validated by its successes and has received two very large grants from the World Bank and IKEA. It’s now expanding into village after village.

We are partnering with to promote a microloan for $50,000 which will pay for two stoves to be given to every household per Rwandan village. As the loan gets repaid, it gets carried over to supply the next village in turn.

Ideally we see developing countries successfully combat cookstove pollution perhaps even before developed countries have conquered transportation and energy pollution.


For more information, please check out their website

Date: 2017-05-19

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