RK Renew Energy PLC

Supplying refugee camps with affordable, fuel-efficient cook stoves
2015 SEED Africa Award Winner Clean Energy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

RK Renew Energy PLC provides improved cookstoves to 821,000 refugees in 23 refugee camps, reducing the environmental and health impacts of fuelwood burning. Safety risks for women related to sexual violence are also reduced, with fewer necessary trips to collect fuelwood around the camps.
  • Empowering women with new skills, entrepreneurial opportunities and additional income.
  • Reducing household expenses on cooking and improving food security.
  • Relieving the risk of sexual violence for women with fewer trips necessary to collect fuelwood. 
  • Reducing carbon emissions by 260,000 tons and saving 240,000 tons of fuelwood annually, when target capacity of 55,000 stoves per year is reached.



  • Increasing economic productivity in refugee camps through supporting entrepreneurship and promoting affordable, time-saving and resource-efficient stoves.
  • Reducing expenditure on healthcare, especially on issues related to air pollution.



This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

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.

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