Congratulations to Ashden Award Winners Toyola Energy Ltd (Ghana) and Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (Pakistan)
Toyola Energy Finances their cookstove through an innovative credit system. They sell the stoves on credit, and provide a "money box" which proud stove owners can use to pay off the stoves from the money they save on charcoal each week. That has allowed the company to employ local producers to build the stoves, and increase the number of improved stoves distributed and in operation while at the same time cultivating pride in ownership among stoves owners.
Aga Khan Planning and Building Service
AKPBS distributes improved stoves as a part of in integrated approach that helps families owners with insulation, and improved stove with chimney, a water heater, and a roof hatch to let in light and fresh air. This cultivates a pool of locally based artisans and entrepreneurs and the integrated approach dramatically each families lives while reducing the fuel they need to burn.