Household air pollution caused by
cooking with firewood and charcoal is the greatest health risk in the
world after high blood pressure, tobacco, and alcohol. Yet nearly 90% of
Kenyan households still use these wood fuels as their main source of
household energy. Indoor air pollution in Kenya causes:
- 16,000 death each year
- 70% of black-carbon emissions, the second leading cause of climate warming
- Continuous deforestation at a rate of 50,000 hectares of forest cover per year
- Unhealthy, unclean kitchens, which make cooking an unenjoyable experience
GreenChar aims to solve this
problem by providing alternative cooking fuels and stoves through an
innovative community led program.
GreenChar is a social enterprise that provides clean alternative charcoal made from revitalized agricultural wastes and distributes clean cookstoves.
GreenChar's charcoal briquettes are :
• Eco Friendly - curbs deforestation by using revitalized agricultural wastes
• High Energy - can be used to cook a wide variety of foods
• Smokeless - reduces the risk of harmful respiratory diseases
• Long lasting - reduces overall fuel costs for ordinary Kenyan families
distributes clean cookstoves that optimize the efficiency of the
briquettes.The cookstoves reduce smoke and particle emissions, retain
more heat and reduce fuel costs to provide families with the ultimate
clean cooking experience.
Combined, these complementary products provide a complete household cooking environment, saving lives, money, and time.
We work with local communities to distribute our products.
Help us reach 100,000 homes
approach is to train local women and youth on financial literacy,
marketing and sales and then empower them to start their own
distribution networks. This approach provides them with a path out of
Through the funds that we raise we will train 100 independent micro-entrepreneurs who will start their own independent re-sale businesses. Our hope is that in one year they would have reached 100,000 homes.
The Good NewsThe
Global Village Energy Partnership (GVEP) in collaboration with the U.K.
Department for International Development (DFID) are going to match
whatever you donate shilling for shilling (up to $30,000)! This means
that a KES 1,000 donation is equivalent to KES 2,000