Local Stove Training/Manufacturing in North Kivu, DRC

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Local Stove Training/Manufacturing in North Kivu, DRC


Technology field of reference: Cooking

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

Population type: Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Mercy Corps reached 20,000 beneficiaries and conducted 21 trainings for the beneficiary population. An additional eight trainings were held with local environmental associations and helped establish community environment action plans. The 20,000 beneficiaries were trained on improved cooking practices, and of those 10,060 reported practicing them. In addition, 350 IDPs were taught how to construct fuel efficient stoves. Rather than using charcoal, these stoves burn either wood or biomass briquettes and only need half the cooking fuel required by traditional stoves. Since January 1, 2009, Mercy Corps has constructed an additional 9,320 stoves resulting in a total of 20,000 completed stoves. Mercy Corps also changed the stove model to improve fuel efficiency for the last 4,000 stoves. Tests conducted on the second model indicate that it further reduces smoke and fuel wood consumed compared to the first model and a traditional three stone fire. In addition, Mercy Corps distributed 1,587 tons of firewood to 4,200 vulnerable families and established five tree nurseries (one in each camp) and distributed 24 tons of seeds for intercropping. The program started as a fuel efficient stove pilot project in 2007. Since then, it has expanded to include objectives of firewood distribution, creation of seedling nurseries, reforestation activities, and environmental education. The project also trains IDP residents, mainly women, on building fuel-efficient stoves. Cost savings and time savings from the stoves are being realized by the women. One woman has reported buying more food for her family with saved income and another reported being able to afford to take her daughter to the health center when she falls ill. Firewood consumption has been reduced by approximately 50% and use of stoves, according to Mercy Corps, has improved the security and health of women and children. The location of the project was in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2007

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

24200 IDPs in North Kivu Province of DRC

Names of implementing partners

Mercy Corps

Funding sources