NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Mary Otieno, a Kenyan who has been using
an energy efficient cooking stove for the past one year
has no regrets.
32-year-old mother of three is part of a growing army of
households in Kenya’s informal settlements that have
stopped using traditional cooking stoves in favor of
energy efficient ones thanks to their membership in
Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Saccos).
Saccos have been instrumental in the increased uptake of
energy efficient stoves and solar lights among the urban
have partnered with manufacturers of energy saving
equipment and are now extending soft loans to their
members to enable them acquire the equipment.
collaboration has made these energy efficient stoves to
be more affordable to consumers by eliminating the
membership in the Sacco, Otieno who lives in Kibera
slums, one of the largest informal settlements in
Africa, got a soft loan to purchase a brand new cooking
stove at a cost of 32 U.S dollars.
used to spend at least 0.5 dollars daily on firewood to
cook for my family every day,” she told Xinhua in
acquiring the energy efficient stove, I use less than
0.25 U.S dollars daily for cooking for my household,”
that the energy efficient stove is one of the best
investment decisions that she has ever made as she
recouped her money in less than five months.
Union of Savings and Credit Cooperatives (KUSCCO) on
Wednesday entered into a partnership with Pamoja Life, a
social enterprise incorporated in Kenya, that will
enable the two institutions provide innovative renewable
energy products to Kenyan SACCO members at an affordable
CEO Viney Sharma said that the energy efficient stoves
emit 50 percent less smoke compared to traditional
stoves have been blamed for respiratory diseases among
urban slum dwellers.
that the increased uptake of clean stoves will help to
improve the health of slum residents who are dependent
on traditional cooking stoves.
also provides solar lighting equipment for the urban
poor. Government data indicates that approximately 70
percent of Kenya has access to electricity.
who are not connected to the national grid use kerosene
for lighting their homes.
typically spend 0.5 dollars daily on kerosene. Through
the tie up between Saccos and suppliers, slum dwellers
can acquire solar lighting systems for as little as 43
that buyers can recoup their investments in about three
months because the solar equipment has no running costs.
that solar lighting is ideal in Kenya because of the
abundant sunlight throughout the year.
addition, use of solar reduces dependence on use of
kerosene, a fossil fuel that contributes to climate
change,” the CEO said.
Kenya, which was established in Kenya 18 months ago as a
social enterprise has already sold thousands of solar
lights to urban slum dwellers.