Rocket Stove by Caritas, Kitui

Why to choose this solution?
The stove emits less smoke, decreases diseases caused by smoke and poison gasses. It is clean and cooks faster, not cumbersome to use and consumes less firewood compared to the traditional three stone cookstoves.
Savings per day or production:
Saves on firewood(uses 50% less fuel)
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
With a subsidy from the Kitui Diocese, each stove costs KSH 3200 (about $32)
Not specified.
Maintenance needed:
Repair of the concrate part of the stoves when broken.
Resources needed in use:
The stove uses firewood.
Problems and limits:
Produces some smoke, a good ventilation is needed in kitchen, a kitchen hood. Some very poor households cannot afford the cost paid to the artisan after construction. The fear of training community is donor dependent and, once the project phases out, reaching out to other areas will become a major challenge.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
Available in Kitui county and Maralal in Samburu county Kenya.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
Construction and maintainance of these Rocket stoves requires a well-trained artisan. The use requires a short introduction only.
How to use it:
To be added
How to maintain it:
To be added
Climate effect (if any):
The stove emits less smoke (black carbon smoke) and uses half the firewood of open fires or traditional which contributes to reduced climate change.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Used in Kitui county and Maralal in Samburu county, Kenya. Nearly 10,000 of them have been installed in homes, under the diocesan carbon offset project.
Why is it successful?
Successful because it uses less firewood hence less time for women and children to fetch firewood; women have more time for other activities , easier to use relatively affordable and emits less smoke.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
A standard rocket stove requires 50 bricks, a wheelbarrow of sand, ash and bag of red oxide and water.
How to make it (if possible):
To be added
How is it delivered and by whom?
The stoves are constructed by Catholic Church in Kenya through Caritas departments in the dioceses, Kitui County and the Diocese of Maralal
Successful financial model
Training the community,subsidy from the Kitui Diocese, successful partnerships and support for development.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Community sensitization by bishops and priests through groups such as Catholic women and men associations, Active campaigns for the stoves.
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