App 70% less wood needed for cooking when using a new cookstove.

98% of families in Rwanda relies on wood for cooking.

Reduces air pollution (save millions of lives in Africa, due to in-door air pollution).

  • A traditional three stone fireplace produces almost as much carbon dioxide than an average car. 

  • Around 90% of all wood harvested in Africa is used for cooking.  

  • More than 4 million people die every year from in-door pollution from open fireplaces.  

  • 98% of families in Rwanda relies on such a fireplace for cooking.  


A new cook stove will reduce the need for wood with app 70%, reduce air pollution significant and free up time for women and kids (that are the ones to collect the wood). 

Location: Rwanda, Bugesera District in the Eastern Province 

Project Lifetime: 2015 to 2022. 

Key facts:  

Over 21.300 cookstoves distributed since 2015  

Over 117.400 people benefit from improved household air pollution.

Over 77.425 tonnes of wood saved annually. 

Project Overview 

The use of biomass, in particular firewood, holds huge importance in Rwanda and accounts for at least 86% of energy consumption. Wood fuel is in particularly high demand, especially in rural areas where 98% of households rely on wood as their main cooking fuel.  

Traditionally, families in rural Rwanda cook using a three-stone open fire. This method is inefficient and leads to unsustainable usage of non-renewable biomass, as well as exposing households to hazardous indoor air pollution, putting pressure on the local environment, and placing a burden on those who collect wood fuel, predominantly women and girls. 

Project Impact: The project has distributed over 21,300 improved cookstoves. 

In Rwanda, household air pollution is the highest contributor to the country’s disease burden by causing respiratory infections. The project decreases the number of cases of respiratory diseases amongst rural households. 

Furthermore, as the improved cookstoves require less fuel and are more efficient than conventional stoves, they reduce the burden on women and children, who are generally responsible for collecting firewood and cooking. 

Specific project: has agreed to support a micro-scale project, that is a part of the larger cookstove initiative described above. This specific project will contribute to the overall project with a distribution of 1.500 cook stoves to households within the Bugsera district, Eastern Province, Rwanda. 

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