Distribution of clean cooking technology through a partnership in Kenya
Envirofit International is a multinational corporation with a mission to develop and disseminate technologies that reduce pollution and enhance energy efficiency in developing countries. By introducing clean cook stoves as a less costly fuel alternative, the company also addresses low-income consumer households that have been traditionally overlooked.
In Kenya, an estimated 95% of the rural population relies on biomass for a cooked meal, and 63% of households are still using basic cook stoves. To meet the national demand in reducing climate pollutants and to help facilitate economic growth, Envirofit has partnered with Kaluworks, a leading provider of cookware, to improve production, supply chain, business development and increase sustainable revenue.
Envirofit's cook stoves are engineered not only to be high-quality, but also affordable for emerging market consumers, costing the equivalent of one to three weeks wages. Given their enhanced fuel efficiency, the stoves typically pay for themselves in less than six months.
With the expanded production, and capacity, and reputable Lion brand that Kaluworks brings, the company also plans to expand its innovative training and distribution efforts that will lead to the creation of an estimated 100 new jobs.
Through its relationship with Kaluworks, and Envirofit's vast network of community partners, the company plans to reach more households and scale-up its model focused on creating a market for improved cook stoves across Latin America, India, and the African continent. The company is focused on continuing to build distribution and promote awareness and affordability of its product.
In addition to partnering with local microfinance groups, Envirofit has enabled some of the lowest-income customers to purchase stoves and improve their livelihoods. The company is working to build its strong sales force, meet distribution challenges, and promote its unique women's empowerment training program to integrate women in the cook stove value chain. As part of its ongoing commitment, Envirofit's new global carbon program will help offset and subsidize the cost of cook stoves to make them more affordable to end users.
Envirofit is also expanding its product line to include a new institutional stove model, which will boil 75 liters of water in less than 50 minutes, while reducing fuel consumption and cost by up to 80%. The company also plans to expand across Western Africa in the near future.