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International Project: South Africa


Stove: Zoom Stove, Zoom Dura, Zoom Versa
Project Type: Commercial
Quantity of Stoves to Date: 6,400
Project Stage: Mature
Implementing Partner: Restio Energy

Project Description

The need for improved cookstoves in South Africa is less extreme than most other countries in Africa. Over 83% of the population has access the modern fuels for cooking (like electricity or gas); and of those relying on solid fuels for cooking 32% have access to an improved cookstove. However, toxic smoke from open fires or unimproved stoves still kills almost 6,500 people a year. The efforts of Restio Energy and other organizations in the sector can completely eradicate this problem.

Since 2001, Restio Energy has been at the forefront of tackling energy poverty in Africa – whether through creating the necessary enabling environments, developing innovative delivery models that facilitate sustainable energy access, or practically commercializing clean energy products. Restio Energy works with different technologies, people and contexts to develop appropriate solutions for improved modern energy access. Restio has a team of sales agents and retail locations where people can go to buy sustainable energy products like EcoZoom cookstoves and solar lights.

Unique Project Aspects

Restio was our first customer in the commercial market segment. Through low-cost distribution strategies and heavy marketing Restio has created profitable and sustainable business for sustainable energy products in South Africa. Restio also works in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to provide Household Energy Kits to rural households in South Africa. The Household Energy Kit consists of an EcoZoom biomass rocket stove, a Barefoot Power Firefly Mobile solar light and mobile phone charger, and a Wonderbag heat-retention cooking bag. More than 1,700 Household Energy Kits have been provided.

To date, more than 32,000 lives have been impacted from the purchase of our EcoZoom stoves, saving customers a total of more than 4 million hours of gathering fuel while also reducing the number of trees harvested for fuel by approximately 52,000.

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