At Mukuru Clean Stoves (MCS) we repurpose locally sourced waste metal to manufacture improved, efficient, and reliable cookstoves and the we partner with local women business owners to distribute to the last mile.
Since 2017, we have sold over 250,000 clean cookstoves in Kenya, enabling families to make savings of over $20 Million in fuel costs while impacting the lives of over 1,200,000 people who now benefit from cleaner air within their homes while avoiding over 500,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Our Deliverables to the Communities
Life for a young girl orphaned at the age of 10 years growing up in Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums, one of the biggest slums in Nairobi (Kenya’s capital city) was tough, risky and unbearable. By sixteen I was a teenage mom and my journey got even harder from there. I had to drop out of school to figure out a way to fend for myself and my daughter. My first job was selling charcoal within the slum community and it was the only fuel I could afford. My daughter and I kept suffering from respiratory tract infections and when she turned two she suffered a severe burn injury from a traditional stove.
After a two year break from school, I was finally able to save enough for tuition and I enrolled in an adult school – which opened my eyes to the health hazards caused by charcoal and other harmful solid fuels. An enthusiast of science and social studies, I wanted to inspire fellow women to lead the fight against household air pollution in Africa!
I founded Mukuru Clean Stoves; a social enterprise that produces clean, affordable and reliable cook stoves targeting under-served markets to help mothers keep their children safe, save on fuel consumption and reduce household air pollution.
FOUNDER & CEO
MD, VISTA VENTURES SOCIAL IMPACT FUND
UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
SOCIAL IMPACT MANAGER,VITALITY BRANDS
SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ADVISOR
CEO, JAAN PAKISTAN
FOUNDER & CEO, ROCKFLOWER PARTNERS
Burning solid fuels such as charcoal and agricultural waste in open fires and traditional stoves exposes families to air pollution levels as much as 50 times greater than the WHO guidelines for clean air.
In Africa, over 1 million deaths are attributed to household air pollution every year and the numbers just keep rising, women and children are the most affected since they spend most of their time cooking with inefficient stoves.
The virtues of replacing traditional stoves with improved cookstoves are well documented, from reducing exposure to hazardous air pollutants, lowering burns risk in children under the age of five, reducing fuel consumption costs and even and cooking time. However, affordability and accessibility of improved cookstoves remain two of the primary barriers to adoption at scale and millions of households still persist with unsustainable methods.
CLEAN STOVES SOLD
LEARNING INSTITUTIONS SERVED
PERCENTAGE OF SALES AGENTS WHO ARE WOMEN
PERCENTAGE OF STAFF WHO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITIES SERVED