Clean Water and Efficient Cookstoves in Kenya
The Paradigm Climate Project invests in efficient cookstoves and the installation of water purification devices to make them affordable for local households in Kenya.
More than a third of the world’s population still cooks over an open fire every day, usually indoors. The smoke from these cooking fires is extremely bad for their health. Every year, more than four million people worldwide die from lung diseases caused by cooking over an open fire – that is more than die from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Cooking in this way also has an enormous impact on the climate, not to mention on the social development of women and children, who have to spend hours every day gathering wood and cooking.
New: Clean Water
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, 1 in 10 people on the planet (663 million people) do not have access to clean water. It is particularly difficult to provide access to reliable sanitation in rural areas. The polluted water leads to further deforestation, because people need to boil the water before they can use it. But this water is still polluted and not all of the bacteria are killed. Polluted water is the main cause of death for children under five in Africa. Fetching water is also hard work. People must often walk five kilometres with a jerry can to reach a trickle of water.
About the Project
In Kenya, 90% of households cook over an open fire or on inefficient cookstoves. In addition, 51% of Kenya’s rural population has no access to clean and safe drinking water. To combat serious consequences for the climate and health, the project invests in the local production and sale of efficient cookstoves and the installation of water treatment devices.
Through the smart design of the cookstove, 50% less wood is needed and almost no smoke is released. When the clean cookstoves are introduced in villages and communities, the situation of the water supply is also immediately assessed. If it is not acceptable, as is usually the case, water purification is immediately addressed.
Climate and Environment
- Improved air quality.
- Less deforestation.
- Huge reduction in CO2 production, which fights climate change.
Social and Economic
- Access to clean water for more people.
- Social development for women and children, because they lose less time looking for wood and fetching water.
- Increased local employment.
- Cost savings through a reduction of spending on wood or charcoal.
- Reduction in the four million deaths per year caused by cooking over an open fire.
- Fewer neck and back problems, as less wood needs to be carried.
- Fewer health problems because water is cleaner.
The Climate Neutral Group works together with the Paradigm Climate Project to support this fantastic initiative by investing in the production of the cookstoves. Paradigm works together with Evidence Action, Dispensers for Safe Water, which provides rural communities with safe drinking water by installing and maintaining water purification devices. This makes it possible to carry out the business concept and reach the planned goals. We are proud of this climate project, one through which you can offset your impact on the climate.