Solar Cooker Cookit



Country:
Kenya
Why to choose this solution?
This solar cooker is made of durable cardboard and foil shaped to reflect maximum sunlight onto cooking pot. It is easy and simple to use. It is an affordable, effective, and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKit makes tasty meals for five to six people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out.The solar cooking process is smokeless, reducing pollution, respiratory diseases and eye irritation.
Savings per day or production:
CooKit saves more than four times its value in fuelwood each year. With careful use and storage, a CooKit can be used for two years, reducing fuelwood consumption by two tonnes. Reduces pressure on forests for firewood and charcoal.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
CooKits are produced from a wide variety of materials at a cost of USD 3.00 - 7.00, which is KSH 300-700.
Lifetime:
With careful use and storage, a CooKit can be used for two years.
Maintenance needed:
Storing the CooKit in a safe place away from moisture and animals, preferably indoors. Allowing plastic bags to air-dry or gently wipe dry with a towel. The CooKit is compact and portable. When not in use, it can be simply folded lengthwise into thirds or folded flat into a 33 cm (13 in) square.
Resources needed in use:
Sunlight,cooking pot and lid, plastic bags or other gazlings.
Problems and limits:
Can be blown away on a windy day.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
Available at Solar Cookers International. The customer can purchase the cookit from one of NGOs using cookit in their respective country through https://solarcooking.fandom.com/wiki/CooKit#NGOs_using_CooKits In Lower Nyakach the cookit are available at Friends of The Old Organization (FOTO).
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
A short training on how to construct and maintain the Cookit. Requires only a short introduction on how to use.
How to use it:
To be added
How to maintain it:
To be added
Climate effect (if any):
CooKit saves more than four times its value in fuelwood each year. With careful use and storage, a CooKit can be used for two years, reducing fuelwood consumption by two tonnes. Reduces pressure on forests for firewood and charcoal hence reduce climate change.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Used in Kakuma Refugee camp, Lower Nyakach region of Western Kenya, Lower Nyakach has about 14,000 household users of Cookit.
Why is it successful?
Successful because the card stock is available as scrap, easy to make and use, the fuel (sunlight) is free of charge and abundant, it is also portable.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
Cardboard (3x4 feet or 1x1.3 meters); Aluminum foil; White glue; Water. There is a handbook published by Solar Cookers International that includes detailed plans for building a CooKit. link: https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/solarcooking/images/6/67/The_CooKit_Cook_Naturally_with_the_Sun.pdf/revision/latest?cb=20160307182857
How to make it (if possible):
https://youtu.be/yykfL6pYbBQ
How is it delivered and by whom?
The Cookits are distributed directly to the beneficiaries (elderly community members) by Friends of the Old (FOTO), a community-based organization which has put together a safe Water Package (SWP) that includes a Cookit, pot, and Water Pasteurization Indicator (WAPI), an insulated basket (fireless cooker).
Successful financial model
Donations from Solar Cookers International, training workshops by Solar Cooker Representative Empowerment (SCOREP)
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Funding by Solar Cookers International for promotion of solar cooking.
More info:
Read more https://solarcooking.fandom.com/wiki/CooKit
Sources:
Name of the association uploading the case:
SusWatch Kenya
When was the case uploaded? (YYYY-MM-DD):
2020-09-29