10 July 2013

Ghana: Envirofit, Afrikids Launches Charcoal Stoves

In its bid to reduce the increasing use of charcoal as fuel for cooking, Envirofit International, in collaboration with Afrikids Ghana, has officially launched energy charcoal stoves in Bolgatanga, six months after the products entered the Upper East Region.

The new product is designed to give efficiency in cooking, and comes with benefits such as 60% less charcoal, 80% less smoke and soot, 50% less cooking time, and creates jobs.

Envirofit International is a non-profit project that develops technology that reduces pollution and enhances energy efficiency in developing countries, particularly in Asia. Envirofit hopes that its endeavours would "promote environmental benefits, improve public health, foster economic growth, and alleviate poverty throughout its areas of operation

The Programmes Manager of Afrikids Ghana, Mr. Richard Amoah, who represented the Country Director, Mr. Nicholas Kumah, said available statistics indicate that the environmental cover was being depleted, and this informed the organisation to partner Envirofit in bringing the stoves to the Upper East Region, as part of its efforts to check the menace.

He said, if well patronised, the stoves would reduce the negative impact of tree felling, and urged all those who were at the launch and witnessed a demonstration of how the stoves are used, to educate others on how to use them, and also encourage them to buy them.

Briefing the media after the launch, the Director of Communications and Public Relations at Envirofit, Madam Jessica Alderman, disclosed that the products were designed in the USA and manufactured in China.

She said the company started the manufacturing of the stoves in 2012, and they are now being used in 55 countries, mainly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

She revealed that a manufacturing plant was being opened in Kenya to broaden the production base and accessibility of the stoves in Africa.

The brand, CH 2300, has five years warranty.

According to Madam Alderman, revenue accrued from the sales of the stoves would go into supporting Afrikids charitable ventures.

Afrikids staff who manage the sales in the region said, so far, 4,000 stoves had been sold within the six months after they received them.

A number of sales representatives are strategically located in the various districts and communities of the Upper East Region to make the distribution chain easier for the rural folks, and also to educate them on how to use the stoves.

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