UNHCR Stove Distribution in Muyinga, Burundi

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

UNHCR Stove Distribution in Muyinga, Burundi


Technology field of reference: Cooking, Heating

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

Population type: Refugee

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

UNHCR distributed two types of stoves in the Muyinga camps, one that is commercially manufactured and one that is made with mud by refugees. The stove was designed by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). The project compared the use of a mud stove and an improved cookstove that was procured commercially. The refugees like the mud-stove as its what they have been using in their homes and they have the expertise to construct them. These mud stoves can be built inside of homes, and can feature two burners, which allows users to cook with two pots at once. The stove can also be used to heat the house. However, the improved commercial stove has a high acceptance rate because it uses less fuel and has a longer lifespan of 2 years. The disadvantage of the improved commercial cookstove is that it uses charcoal as a fuel which is expensive. There are two improvements to the design of the improved commercial cookstove that should be considered: the height of the stove should be reduced to enable easier use, and a lighter metal shouldbe used to make the cookstove weigh less and to make it easier to use. The project locations were in Gasorwe Camp ID 3 and Musasa Camp ID 4 in Muyinga, Burundi.


Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

8300 households

Cost of energy technology and/or fuel


Names of implementing partners

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Funding sources