RK Renew Energy PLC
Supplying refugee camps with affordable, fuel-efficient cook stoves
The initiative engages Ethiopian women from the host communities of refugee camps to produce ceramic, fuel-efficient stoves. The stoves are then distributed and sold in the refugee camps by other groups of trained refugee women.
The demand for improved cook stoves is very high in refugee areas due to their fuel efficiency. Reducing the need for fuelwood gathering, the stoves also reduce the workload for girls in the camps and diminish their risk of falling victim to sexual violence, while also reducing air pollution and fire incidences.
RK Renew Energy PLC provides improved cook stoves to a potential number of 821,000 refugees in 23 refugee camps across Ethiopia. Each fuel-efficient stove reduces the environmental and health impacts of fuelwood burning, as well as allowing refugees to consume all of their food rations instead of trading some of them for cooking fuel.
RK Renew Energy PLC manufactures, sells and distributes improved ceramic cook stoves. It also provides training, advisory and technical support.
Bekelech Clay Made Fuel Saving Stoves Manufacturing supports the initiative through technical assistance, training in production, quality control and advisory service.
Abrha Meles Metal and Woodwork Enterprise produces the iron cladding for the improved cook stoves.
The 2015 SEED Awards in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya are largely supported by the European Union, which is made up of 28 Member States who have decided to gradually link together their know-how, resources and destinies.