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Where we are active

We build stoves in Kenya in co-operation with the  Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a non-profit organization manageing a protection area. The protection area covers roughly  365 km2 and lies a few kilometers west of  Nanyuki, the capital city of the Laikipia district not far from Mount Kenya.

Ol Pejeta manages an extensive development program for the surrounding communities, a program which now also includes building stoves for the local households.

The Stove

The tried and tested construction of the Nepal clay stove is suitable for the Kenyan kitchen without modification.  However the mechanical wear caused whilst preparing Ugali is much greater than the wear we see in Nepali kitchens.

To improve stability we are currently experimenting with the use of cement and pottery.

Project Progress

First pilot "Nepal-stoves" were built in the communities around  Ol Pejeta in 2013.  The compact stove with two cooking plates proved suitable for different ethnic communities.

We closed 2013 with the first training for ten local stove-makers in Ol Pejeta. Our most experienced stove-maker and trainer from Nepal, Bel Bahadur Tamang, lead the training. After two weeks of theoretical and practical training the the graduates were ready to start work in their home communities.

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Village Meeting

 

Village meetings were held  with the newly-qualified stove-makers. In these meetings the advantages of the new stoves and the offer of the "Ofenmacher" were explained and discussed. Since then around 140 stoves have been built (as of August 2014).

Ol Pejeta Conservancy