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Supporting Women Entrepreneurs to Scale Clean Cookstoves across Nigeria

Organization Women's Earth Alliance
Realm Afrotropics

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Project Type Energy Transition

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Status Open

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Funding Level $$

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Timeframe 1 Year

This multi-year initiative launched the Women’s Clean Cookstoves Project, a capacity-building training for women entrepreneurs and leaders from Kaduna State in Nigeria to promote and sell clean cookstoves. The program included clean cookstove business training, leadership and advocacy skill development, and financing for clean cookstove purchasing. Now, WEA and WISE are working to expand this training model to women throughout Nigeria. The program’s goals are to improve the health and safety of women, reduce deforestation, and increase household savings.

It is still common for households in Nigerian communities to use firewood for cooking, creating a demand for firewood in a region already severely affected by deforestation and climate change, and promoting the use of an inefficient energy source. Traditional fire stoves also pose a significant health risk, primarily affecting women who have to cook over open flames in a closed space on a daily basis. Clean cookstoves, on the other hand, lead to better health outcomes, reduce deforestation and carbon emissions, increase revenues of cookstove entrepreneurs, and reduce household spending on firewood. WEA and WISE are addressing this need by helping women build and scale clean cookstove businesses, train their families and communities to adopt cookstoves, and form networks to advocate for clean energy at the local and national levels.

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