Gyapa Stoves in Ghana
- Technology: Household Devices
- Region: Africa
Nearly 3 billion people in the developing world cook food and heat their homes with traditional cookstoves or open fires. The World Bank estimates that 4 million premature deaths occur every year as a result. In Ghana more than 80% of the population use solid fuels for cooking.
This project introduces the Gyapa to families in Ghana. An efficient cookstove, the Gyapa cooks food more quickly, requires 50% less fuel and is less smoky, meaning it not only cuts carbon emissions, but reduces exposure to toxic fumes. Cutting fuel requirements saves families as much as $100 dollars annually, at the same time protecting Ghana’s dwindling forests.
A key outcome from this project is job creation. The stoves are made locally; the liners by a small group of accredited local ceramicists who have received specialist training and the metal claddings are made by a further group of accredited manufacturers. The project provides training and quality control services, and distributes the stoves through a wide network of retailers.
- Over 4 million tonnes of CO2 avoided to date
- Almost 1.5 million stoves sold, making Gyapa a household name
- Created meaningful jobs in manufacturing and distribution
Ebrahim 'Lucky' Dowda, Stockist
Ebrahim ‘Lucky’ Dowda is a stockist of the ceramic liners that go inside Gyapa stoves. He sells these from his warehouse in Ghana’s capital city, Accra.
“I can sell 900 liners a month, which gives me enough money to send my son to school.”
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Gyapa Stoves project factcheet
4 million tonnes CO2 cut
$165 million saved on fuel bills
180 Skilled manufacturing jobs
What the carbon finance delivers
Prior to the launch of this project, there was no mass market for improved stoves. Carbon finance has helped changes this. Funds have been used to finance aspirational marketing using a number of channels, which has driven word-of-mouth sales.
Funds are also being used to improve manufacturing techniques to increase production levels, and in Kumasi a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was built.
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