Solar Cooker Distribution

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Solar Cooker Distribution


Technology field of reference: Cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Environment, Logistics

Population type: Refugee

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

Solar Cookers International's first and largest refugee project began in January 1995 in the Kakuma refugee camp (Camp ID 60) in Turkana District, Kenya. In 2004 the project concluded and the camp had tripled in size to nearly 90,000 refugees. The overall goal of the project is to establish Solar Cooking as a widespread practice within the camp to assist communities to cook food and pasteurize water for the benefit of people and the environment. The project hopes to achieve these objectives by: (1) encouraging a high usage rate of Solar Cookers by the end of the fiscal year 2003; (2) reducing the amount and extent of firewood use by families; (3) reducing the amount of money or other resources spent to purchase firewood (4) achieve a phase out transition that would provide continued access to Solar Cooking supplies and training after departure of SCI. The solar cooking project has reportedly integrated quite well with the other energy utilization projects in the camp. Whereas the use of the solar CooKit, in and of itself, is not regarded as the panacea to the energy problem in the camp, it is yet highly appreciated as a source of energy complementing the other energy sources. Beneficiaries rated it better than traditional alternatives and reported that they saved nearly $7 per month, according to the evaluation. The evaluation found that the introduction of user fees during the latter part of the project may have affected distribution, given that CooKits were initially distributed free of charge. It was also noted that one CooKit couldn't easily be used to cook food for large families, which is an important factor in Kakuma, where families often have ten or more members. SCI's refugee trainers formed a cooperative during the latter years of the project that prepared solar cooked meals for sale to refugee and locals and occasionally coordinated the distribution of CooKits, particularly to needy families. There were a total of over 40 job opportunities created directly, and over 50 others indirectly.

Technology or Technologies used

Cookit Solar Cooker


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/1995 to 01/01/2004

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

15000 refugee households

Names of implementing partners

Don Bosco, German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Solar Cookers International (SCI), World Vision

Funding sources