The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Mukuru Clean Stoves

Your title/position Founder/CEO
Type of Enterprise registered company
Year the ngo or company was founded 2017
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Explain your project in details:

The virtues of replacing traditional stoves with improved cookstoves are well documented, from reducing exposure to hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), lowering burns risk, reducing fuel consumption, costs and cooking time. However, while the market in Kenya for improved cookstoves is one of the most mature, affordability and accessibility of improved cookstoves remain two of the primary barriers to adoption at scale and millions of households persist with unsustainable methods. Through utilizing recycled materials, establishing partnerships with MFIs targeting women, working with women groups and entrepreneurs in marketing and distribution, and ultimately, by incorporating the knowledge and expertise of those that use the stoves - women - throughout the entire value-chain, Mukuru Clean Stoves has been able to reduce the production and operational costs, whilst maximizing and optimizing the distribution network, hence streamlining the pathway to scale. Mukuru Clean Stoves, East Africas only women-led, manufactured, managed and distributed cookstove value-chain has piloted the model in 2 counties, established demand; which in the coming years, far exceeds Mukurus ability to supply. To take advantage of these partnerships and realize employees, communities and households potential, Mukuru needs to invest heavily to hire, train existing and new employees, invest in our production facilities and distribution hubs, and support customer financing options. The project will: Hire and train a further 8 women artisans and 10 field officers, in addition to 5 back-office staff Purchase an articulated lorry for regional distribution and a pickup for local distribution Finalize GACC certification in collaboration with SNV Monitor and maximize impact Produce and sell at least 25,000 stoves

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

The project improves affordability and accessibility of clean cookstoves in the target areas, increases employment and the skills base of female artisans and technicians, while providing additional revenue streams to female entrepreneurs and reducing CO2 emissions. Fulfilling the supply agreements within our distribution partnerships increases accessibility substantially. The production cost of the cookstove will reduce by 25%, with affordability and accessibility further enhanced through staggered payment methods with our key partners; more than 20 direct jobs will be created, a further 100 women entrepreneurs will access a new revenue stream as distributors, 600 tonnes of waste metallic material will be fabricated and repurposed for sustainable uses. In summary, the project will make clean energy more affordable (SDG 1 and 7), benefit women and gender equality profoundly (SDG 5), create employment opportunities and stimulate productive use within manufacturing and recycling (SDG 8, 9 and 12), reduce use of fossil fuels and unsustainable biomass (SDG 13).

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Sustainability and future plans

Two pilot programmes in collaboration with D-prize and The Pollination Project, identified two main barriers to cookstove adoption in our target markets; unaffordability and inaccessibility. Mukurus cookstove artisans and technicians are currently paid per cookstove produced. Given much of the work is carried out manually with hand tools, output is limited, marginal costs are high and Mukuru cannot afford to employ such personnel full-time without making a significant loss. Investing in larger capital equipment, such as cutting and pressing machines, we increase output per 2 person artisan team from 20 per day to 150, able to bring on more artisans on a full-time basis and reduce cookstove manufacturing cost from $6 to $4.50. We are actively seeking equity or debt investment to scale the business. The investment will facilitate Mukuru meeting its supply obligations of 18,000 households in Kibera by the end of year 2, and at least 20,000 in 2020 under our Cherehani Africa partnership. With anticipated sales of 12,000 units in year 1, revenue will be approximately $120,000. By end of 2021 with unit sales of 35,000 this will rise to $350,000. At the end of year 5 with EEP support and supplementary investment, revenue is anticipated to rise to $2.5m. The major risk for the first 2 years, is that the partners commitment to purchase are not fulfilled, or we are unable to meet the demand. The planned investment mitigates the latter, while building up a wholly owned and managed distribution network will be necessary to reach our sales targets.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am an Eco- entrepreneur who is enthusiastic about science and social studies. I founded Mukuru Clean Stoves, the first woman-owned factory in Siaya County that recycles waste metal to produce improved, reliable and affordable cook stoves targeting under-served markets with the aim of reducing household air pollution. Mukuru employs local youth artisans and technicians to manufacture the cookstoves utilizing recycled material, works with female micro entrepreneurs and retailers in low-income communities, who earn a 10% commission on cookstove sales. We partner with microfinance and credit institutions, whose membership are 95% female, to provide staggered payment options. We are the only entirely female-led; design managed and focused improved cookstove company operating within East Africa. I grew up in Mukuru, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi and became a teenage mom at 16, my daughter suffered a severe burn injury caused by a traditional stove which sparked my interest in providing better cooking technologies. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from Kenyatta University. In 2018, I won the World Bank/ UN Women inaugural SDGs and Her award and got a schorlarship to attend the Socap 2018 conference. Accomplishments My cook stoves enterprise has Reached over 4000 households in under-served markets in Kenya. Trained and employed 5 local youth as artisans, 30 sales agents. Educated 2500 mothers on the impacts of pollution and the benefits of clean energy. Successfully completed 2 pilots in Kibera slums and Kamito village.

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June 24, 2019 09:42

Hello Leader,
I am here to give my full support and encouragement to this brilliant project of yours. Keep up the good work my friend. Never give up in your fight even if it seems hard.

Please take a look at my idea, High Thermal Insulation Perpend (HTIP) at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/12724 and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes and I continue to support your project!
Thank you and best of luck to you and let's continue supporting each other.
Let me know if you have voted for me so I can vote for you again and again.

June 24, 2019 06:18

Hello! Vote #17

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/

Have a great day!

June 23, 2019 15:27

Hello! Vote #16
Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)
My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/13160/
Have a great day!

June 22, 2019 08:19

Good morning

Am back again. How are you finding time around the campus platform so far?

Lets keep supporting each other through teamwork. Have a great weekend..

Regards
MotherCare app
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/
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June 21, 2019 17:44

Hello
Your project is good. However, i think you still need to improve on your traction (impact of your enterprise on sustainability development); for any ongoing project, as Entrepreneurs; traction is like our success story and shows our progress and also has a positive impact on investors to be and we your clients / customers. Providing statistical evidence will be a good edge against selection criteria. Best of luck

MotherCare app
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June 21, 2019 15:20

Dear My Fellow

I have just gone through your project and I see that we have almost some vision and similar initiatives, and we are trying to address a common social and environmental problem. I can say addressing energy poverty is the major critical issues for the low income households and please keep it going and enable low income households to access a low cost and quality clean cook stoves.

I am going to support you and give you, your 16th VOTER and please let we support each other

My project, "Increasing availability and use of improved and low-cost quality WASH and Energy Products and Services", was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Project 2019 category. Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/15162 and consider supporting my project with comments and votes

June 20, 2019 12:21

Hello leader,
So glad to support your impressive project. Keep up the good work my friend.
Please take a look at my idea, High Thermal Insulation Perpend (HTIP) at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/12724 and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes and I continue to support your project!
Thank you and best of luck to you and let's continue supporting each other.

Let me know if you have voted for me so I can vote for you again and again.

June 19, 2019 15:49

Hi dear, I wanted to pass by and see the wonderful work you are up to. keep up the work. when you have time please stop by my idea and take a look. thank you. https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 18, 2019 16:45

Hello

I have read through your idea and find it interesting. I am glad you are tackling the SDG goals and providing employment to the youth in your community. i wish you all the best and invite you to review my idea as well on the link below;
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/

Kind regards
MotherCare app
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June 16, 2019 08:00

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EKJ
edUnify

June 16, 2019 07:59

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EKJ
edUnify

June 14, 2019 11:57

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best
EkJ-edUnify
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June 13, 2019 18:49

Hello

Well done and i wish you all the best in this competition and implementation of your project. Let continue supporting each other through votes and comments. You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a vote and comment https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 12, 2019 07:06

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June 10, 2019 13:28

Hello

I have read through your idea. How do you plan to track trends in your market inorder to know your customer needs and apply those findings in your business?

With this information, i think you can always stay ahead of your competition and changing trends in the market.

Regards
Mother Care App
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14382/

June 9, 2019 16:13

Hello

I went through your project and found it great and deserve to support it
I voted for you and hope you go through my idea and support it with a comment and vote for it

Regards
Mother Care App
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June 9, 2019 13:45

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June 8, 2019 17:20

Hi Charlot
You are doing a wonderful job. Your clean stoves are a perfect example of how locally cooking apparatus should be assembled. From your profile I figured out that the stoves are friendly to the environment, safe to use in homes, and also your project empowers women by providing jobs.
To what extend is the stove scalable to other counties? You also said you recycle materials to make them, which materials are these. Could you add this info on your profile?
Kindly vote and comment on my idea here
Regards
Crochet Hub Africa
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/24/13531

June 6, 2019 20:33

Voted For you Again! Keep up.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/

Let us make a difference in the world!

June 5, 2019 23:20

Hi, i believe we can help each other grow by commenting and voting one another, you have a fantastic idea and i will love to vote for you. Although i have exhausted my time today, i can vote tomorrow if you leave a comment on my idea and vote. Thank you https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14316/

June 5, 2019 19:44

Hello

Congratulation nice project, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/tumainisimon/ideas/my-ideas/14251/

June 5, 2019 10:52

voter 14

kindly support my idea with votes and comment, read through and tell me what you think about it.

follow the link below
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Regards
Naemi Likius

June 3, 2019 08:03

Hi,
Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/14234/ to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
Haleema zia from Pakistan

June 1, 2019 18:10

I must say that I am Impressed! truly amazing the way how you plan to accomplish that.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/

Let us make a difference in the world!

May 28, 2019 18:41

Great! Very interesting how you plan to enable youth in solving various social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.
I wish you success on your project, hope you will accomplish that.
If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15064/
Thank you and wish you the best of luck!

May 28, 2019 16:52

Greetings,
Your project idea is so amazing!
I am so excited to share with you that my idea HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone) was accepted under the Best Ideas competition category. Please support me by reading, commenting and voting at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/22/15089/
Best,
Natasha Sichula
HERZ CEO

May 27, 2019 15:10

Congratulations on your project, very nice initiative.
humanity is counting on you for change. Don't let go of the best is in front of you.
A lot of courage.