U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Robert F. Godec celebrated the launch of BURN Manufacturing’s (BURN) production facility on Wangari Maathai Day, March 3, 2014. BURN is the maker of Jikokoa, a modern charcoal jiko stove that reduces the amount of fuel consumed and reduces indoor air pollution. Using Jikokoa would save thousands of shillings each year for the average Kenyan household and reduce the health threat for those doing the cooking.
BURN is a member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC), and they have been in operation in Kenya since August 2012, and have been producing and selling stoves since August 2013. The Nairobi facility located in Ruiru will be the largest modern cookstove manufacturing facility in sub-Saharan Africa and will create over 300 jobs in Kenya. BURN’s goal is to locally manufacture over 3 million clean burning biomass cookstoves in Kenya in ten years, with plans to eventually launch an institutional stove that will reach a greater number of people in schools, community centers, and churches.
The United States is committed to supporting the development of a robust market for clean and healthy cooking solutions in Kenya and the launch of this facility is due, in part, to U.S. government funding. As a result of this commitment, more Kenyans own and use a clean cookstove. They are healthier and their homes have less pollution. The burden on Kenya’s forests is reduced. And the growing market for cookstoves is creating jobs and strengthening manufacturing in Kenya.
Peter Scott is the CEO and Founder of BURN Manufacturing and is a world recognized expert in cookstove commercialization. He has trained producers in over 20 countries to set up for-profit stove busi