Since 2007, we’ve worked with local communities to develop, produce, and market a fuel-efficient charcoal stove – the Gyapa cookstove. This cooking solution is a safe alternative to traditional cooking methods and the toxic fumes they emit. The Gyapa, which means “good fire,” cooks food more quickly, uses 50% less charcoal and is affordably priced at under $10.
The award-winning Gyapa is now a self-sustaining network of Ghanian small businesses run by our local nonprofit partner, SUDRA, and is widely acknowledged as one of Africa’s leading social enterprises. More than 13,000 stoves are produced each month by 350 local manufacturers and sold at more than 600 community retailers across Ghana. As a result, “Gyapa” is now a household name in the country.
Sales growth is supported by an innovative carbon financing mechanism that uses the Gold Standard in partnership with Climate Care, a social impact company that specializes in carbon markets. Over 1.4 million Gyapa stoves have been purchased by low-income households in Ghana, saving families more than $100 annually in fuel costs and providing a safer and higher-quality cooking experience.
Our past projects in Ghana also include a USAID-funded water, sanitation and hygiene program that was implemented from 2010-2014. This robust project’s successes include:
- Partnering with 160 communities to connect 60,000 people to clean water through 300 boreholes, 150 hand-dug wells, two small-town piping systems and eight surface-water kiosks
- Reaching 70,000 people through construction of latrines for 4,700 households and more than 100 schools and clinics
- Installing sixty rainwater harvesting systems, mostly located at kindergarten, primary and junior high schools, to bring schoolchildren year-round access to clean water for handwashing and hygiene.