Academy StovePlus ICS

Feedback from the previous Academies participants was very encouraging.

After December 2014 StovePlus  Academy in Nairobi:

« It raised my interest for highlighting not only the improved devices but also the cooking environment, the need for kitchens that are strategically ventilated.» Keneth Ndua Mitambo (Kenya)

« I will have a closer look at my production unit management according to what we saw: artisanal (Cookswell), semi-industrial (Jiko Joy), and industrial (Burn).»  Joelson Ratokson (Madagascar)

Few months later, effective improvements had been implemented,

« I changed my business model and I am now outsourcing a lot of services to improve my stove designs. To increase adoption, I’ve integrated stove design and kitchen ventilation. At the moment, my project is to develop a cookstove model focusing on cookstove value chain and to do so I have enrolled for an MBA.» Keneth Ndua Mitambo (Kenya)

« When I came back from Kenya, I had the idea to design a new stove. If I reduced the size of the stove, thus, the fuel consumption would decrease. I achieved this new design and launched the product which has proved to be popular in the market.» Tapsir N’Jai (Sierra Leone)

After November 2015 StovePlus  Academy in Accra:

« With the useful tips of seasoned participants and specialized consultants, I have been able to avoid different pitfalls in the development of my business»
« It is also a real support to know that we are not isolated trying to develop improved cooking devices in our respective countries.»
« The bilingual approach is an additional asset, which widens our vision» Ermann Zannou (Ivory Coast)

« Since 2010 I am trying to adress the issue of the liners drying time. This year I have found a solution during the StovePlus  Academy in Accra, by discovering a system of hydraulic press. Back to Mali, I have ordered two. The drying time has decreased from 10 to 40 days to 3 to 5 days during the dry season. I expect to multiply my production by at least 2. »
« By sharing experiences with other participants, I got many ideas for creating access models, through shops, barter systems... » Ousmane Samassekou (Mali)

Some advice from the elders:

Tapsir shares advice with their counterparts who will take part in the Academy: « be willing to share your own experiences. You discover that some of the problems you experience by running a stove business might have been solved by others.»

Keneth added: « You will increase your capabilities about the paradigm shift in clean cook stove value chains. They will be able to gain new skills in stove technology and create synergies that support cleaner kitchens in Africa.»

And he concludes: « The StovePlus  Academy is a hotbed of clean cooking solutions.»

After 2014 and 2015 experiences, the impacts for participants’ enterprises influenced the team to embark on the adventure one more time in 2016.

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