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USAID Grant Winners Focus on Getting Kenyans Clean Cookstoves
November 27, 2013

26 November 2013

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The winners of a recent USAID grant competition submitted proposals to improve ways to distribute and finance the purchase of clean cookstoves in Kenya.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the three winners of a competition seeking ways to overcome distribution and financing bottlenecks in the Kenyan cookstove sector.

“Creating commercially viable supply chains for fuel-efficient stoves is key to resolving distribution challenges and encouraging large-scale uptake of these devices,” USAID Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Education and Environment Eric Postel said in a November 21 press release.

“As a result,” he continued, “USAID is funding these innovative partnerships in hopes that solutions can be found which enable large numbers of people to achieve the social, economic and environmental benefits that come from using efficient cookstoves.”

The three competition winners, selected from among 43 proposals, are as follows:

• Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives (KUSCCO) Ltd. will develop a cookstove-specific credit facility to be accessed by 1,350 savings and credit cooperative (SACCO) societies that will lend to individual members seeking to purchase cookstoves. KUSCCO and its member SACCOs will provide $2 of their own funds to the credit facility for every dollar provided by the grant, effectively tripling the impact of USAID’s investment.

• Boma Safi Ltd., a Kenyan woman-owned business, will expand and strengthen its distribution network, which includes KUSCCO member SACCOs, as well as other sales agents. With the resources provided by the USAID grant, Boma Safi seeks to demonstrate success in woman-owned, woman-led entrepreneurship in the energy sector, and to increase productive opportunities for women along the fuel-efficient cookstove value chain.

• BURN Manufacturing Co. and the Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT) will create a Revolving Fund that will provide financing to cookstove distributors in Kenya. MESPT and BURN have also committed to matching the USAID financial resources allocated to the Revolving Fund, expanding its ability to alleviate the capital constraints experienced by many cookstove enterprises.

The Fuel-Efficient Cookstove Distribution in Kenya Grants Competition is part of USAID’s $18 million commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, whose members hope to foster the adoption of 100 million clean stoves by 2020.