Tembea's mission is to enhance enhance the socio-economic capacity of communities through asset based community development, networking and collaboration so as to achieve self-reliance, sustainable livelihood and growth through health, environmental conservation and poverty alleviation programs at the grass roots level. Tembea constructs and installs energy efficient cookstoves (rocket - mud-brick fixed) to households in Siaya County, Nyanza province, Kenya. The initiative dubbed, "Energy Efficient Cookstoves for Siaya Communties" aims to achieve annual production of 7,200 efficient cook stoves over a period of 7 years starting October 2010 till 2017.
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Tembea's current energy efficient cook stoves project is called "Energy Efficient Cook-stoves for Siaya Communities". The initiative targets the rural population that can best be described as the "bottom of the pyramid" in the socio-economic triangle. The project is situated in Siaya County, Nyanza province, Kenya, with the aim of reaching over 7,200 households per year for a period of 7 years.
Our Experience And Interest In The Four PCIA Central Focus Areas
In order to enhance adoption and utilization of efficient cook-stoves, Tembea undertakes education, community sensitization and awareness creation to address health, livelihood and quality of life. Through regularized usage surveys, qualitative data collected and analyzed help in addressing the socio-cultural concerns/needs of the target beneficiaries/community.
The cost of energy cookstoves is relatively high. Hence, most of the targeted households cannot afford them. In attempt to enhance demand, uptake, and adoption, Tembea has incorporated a local capital mobilization strategy called "Community Savings and Loaning (CSL)" that is based in the villages where the project operates. The innovative village-based savings and loaning groups enhance affordability and access to efficient cook stoves through soft loans; in addition, the training of households in usage and maintenance of the cook stove and campaigns to raise people‘s awareness concerning renewable energies and energy efficiency increase uptake.
Tembea have not ventured in this area to authoritatively make a comment, however, we take into cognizant that continuous innovation as well as testing of technology in use assist in stove improvement based on the 10 principles of biomass energy efficient cook-stoves.
Through regularized usage surveys, primary data is collected from various randomized stove users to address stove-client satisfaction. The data collected is also used in stove improvement and education to the households.
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Our Contribution to the Partnership
Tembea shall share experiences and expertise in market development for efficient cookstoves and socio-enterprise community organizing for enhanced household efficient cook-stove adoption, including carbon financing.