StovePlus sheds light on 2 producers
In the Special region of Jogjakarta, one part of our support to the Clean Stove Initiative (CSI) project, in partnership with the World Bank and the Indonesian Government, is to support small producers by giving them the means for their production to move forward, in terms of quantity and quality.
StovePlus is committed to helping them enhance their business model. The success depends on the professionalization of their activities. To-date, the team has focused on designing quality stoves from existing traditional stoves.
The first craftsman, Pak Lamno, has worked with clay since he was 15. He attended elementary school and then began to work as a potter.
He works at home; the area he converted into a pottery space is very basic and doesn’t allow him to produce a lot. His wife is also familiar with the sector given that she comes from a family of potters and is used to helping him. They are able to manufacture 800 mortars, 800 woks, 800 dishes, and 100 traditional stoves per month. However, it’s not enough to gain a sufficient amount of money and improve their livelihoods.
Pak Lamno is involved in the programme mainly to increase his income. To do so, he wants to learn how to design a new product, different from the others on the market and sell a more efficient cookstove.
A craftswoman is involved as well in the project, Ibu Tumira. She also began to produce cookstove at an early age.
She owns a turning table for working the clay, buys the argil to a local trader. She then puts her handicrafts in bamboo leaves and burns them to bake the items.
Not far from the improvised oven, the famous “cars” from the animated movies are drying under the sun. Those “piggy” banks are a little bit more expensive than traditional cookstoves and they produce some to earn more money.
To date, her daughter helps her and the she has acquired a long experience all throughout her life. Both are able to produce 150 Anglo cookstoves, 80 Keren cookstoves, 350 pots and 60 Super Keren traditional cookstoves per month. Helped by her daughter, she is involved in the programme to improve their products and to differentiate them from the others. She hopes to increase the price and earn more money.
One of Ibu Tumira’s Super Keren stove is being tested at the moment by Yayasan Dian Diesa laboratory which is also part of the CSI programme. If the results, which should be released very soon, are positive, the cookstoves will be eligible to receive a subsidy set-up by the programme. A major boost in prospects for helping them to scale-up their business!
Of course, there are.
Both producers have or will receive new tools. For example, there is a tool for molding the inner part of the clay bucket and which makes them all the same size. Pak Lamno received it from our team and is now using it. Other tools are designed to fit the needs of the local producers and they received them with trainings. They can make them or repair them on their own, with the material they have on-site.
Another difficulty is the assembling process which consists of gathering different pieces to make the final product. The considered solution is to work with partners able to overcome this obstacle: the market aggregators. If they agree on this, they will be in charge of gathering clay artisans, zinc bucket artisans, cement retailers, grate artisans and husks artisans. Additionally, market aggregators will receive trainings on quality control and assurance, product knowledge and more.
It’s certainly one of the several steps needed for the clean stove to be ready on the market.
Further updates are on their way…