Aisha Solar Cooking Project (ASCP)

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Aisha Solar Cooking Project (ASCP)


Technology field of reference: Cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Protection, Education, Health, Environment, Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: Refugee

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Solar Cookers International was asked by UNHCR to initiate a project in Aisha refugee camp. By 2001, close to 95% of surveyed households used SCI's solar CooKit for some of their cooking. Evaluations of the project reveal that SCI succeeded in its efforts to disseminate solar cooking throughout the camp and to reduce the consumption of traditional wood and charcoal fuels. The project had a highly successful training approach utilizing refugee women as trainers. This allowed for the widespread adoption of solar cookers within the camp. The usage of cooking devices has shown significant changes in the type of stoves used. There used to be a high use of the traditional three-stone fire alone (75%) and negligibly low use of charcoal stove (20%). After the program, there has been increasingly high levels of usage of improved devices and combinations of alternative technologies for cooking. Camp wide consumption of firewood decreased by about 32% over the course of the project. With solar cooking refugees spent 4 -6 fewer days each month gathering firewood, freeing up time for children to attend school and women to engage in other community and household activities. Cookits are mostly used for cooking rice, tea and spaghetti. The solar cooker was successful in combination with other fuel efficient stove technologies; however, the significant improvements seen in the evaluation are a result of a combination of programs. Due to the inability to find a local manufacturer in Ethiopia (the stoves were imported from Kenya), the supply of wooden box cookers became cost prohibitive. The evaluation of the project recommended leveraging local capacity to continue the project without assistance through an exit strategy that phased out the project support. In addition to this, the evaluation also highlighted the need to integrate efforts with other projects since it has been established that the solar cooker works best in combination with other technologies.

Technology or Technologies used

Cookit Solar Cooker


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/1997 to 01/01/2003

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

1603 Refugee households 1603 Refugee households 1603 Refugee households

Names of implementing partners

Aisha Solar Cooking Project (ASCP), Solar Cookers International (SCI)

Funding sources