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Haines-Copenhagen Solar Cookers

Why to choose this solution?
Solar cooking is the second-most preferred method of cooking at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, the Haines-Copenhagen solar cookers provide a reliable, inexpensive and durable cooking technology thereby reducing overreliance on firewood and charcoal.
Savings per day or production:
Savings on wood fuel and charcoal.
Cost in money and in own time to construct:
Costs KSh 2500 (USD 25).
3-5 years with proper care.
Maintenance needed:
Wiping of the reflective material.
Resources needed in use:
Requires sunlight and cooking pots to use.
Problems and limits:
It cannot be used all the time especially at night and during rainy seasons. It is slow in cooking.
Where and how can you get it or make it?
It is available in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. There are other models like Haines 2.0.
Skills needed to produce, install. maintenance, use:
The cookers come with simple assembly instructions. They have color-coded snaps for quick assembly and instructions on how to use them.
How to use it:
Kakuma refugee camp video: https://youtu.be/rnrIPdtuDsQ (not perfect film, just for illustration).
How to maintain it:
Not relevant.
Climate effect (if any):
Solar cookers produce no smoke, no carbon emission, and reduce deforestation in the region.
Where it is used and how many users are there?
Used in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.
Why is it successful?
The solar cooker is low cost, lightweight, compact, easy to assembly, folds easily for storage, and durable so it can be used many years.
If you can make it, a short description, typical problems, materials needed.:
The cookers uses the same reflective material as the regular Haines Solar Cooker, specifically, a Rogers metalized polyethylene terephthalate (MPET) foam reflector, and a cooking sleeve without the polycarbonate cover.
How to make it (if possible):
How is it delivered and by whom?
The cookers are made in Kakuma by refugees from materials donated by Haines Solar Cookers. Fifty refugee women were trained to make the cookers, and they in turn trained the children during the solar cooking festival in which 500 schoolchildren participated.
Successful financial model
Support and training from partners like Haines Solar Cookers, Eco-mandate Foundation; Natural Resource and Waste Management Alliance. Solar- cooking festival increasing the uptake of solar cookers. In 2017, fifty refugee women were trained to make the cookers, and they in turn trained 500 school children during the Solar Cooker Festival at the Kakuma Refugee Camp. The high demand for solar cookers led to inception of a social enterprise.
What policies and strategies helped the success?
Successful partnerships between Haines solar cookers and Copenhagen solar cookers; solar-cooking festival for 500 schoolchildren, which increased the uptake of solar cookers.
More info:
https://www.hainessolarcookers.com/, https://youtu.be/G18omu6kRis, https://youtu.be/rnrIPdtuDsQ, https://www.facebook.com/ecomandate/, https://www.she-inc.org/?p=2538.
Name of the association uploading the case:
SusWatch Kenya
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