CO2balance is now distributing improved cookstoves in 3 rural districts in Rwanda! During the last 9 months we began distributing stoves in the Bugesera and Nyamasheke districts, alongside ongoing distribution in the Kayonza district. As of June 2023, we have distributed over 50,000 stoves and signed Memoriums of Understanding with all 3 districts.
We’ve had many successful distribution days, bringing communities together to learn about the benefits of the improved Canarumwe cookstoves over the traditional 3-stone-fire. A big thanks to our partner Rwanda for Peace and Progress (RPP) for running this! We’ve also heard many positives stories about the impacts that the stoves are having on individual lives. These include decreasing the amount of time and income spent on accessing firewood and improving the health of stove users as a result of reduced smoke inhalation.
As we continue to distribute the Canarumwe cookstoves throughout the rest of 2023, we look forward to completing validation and our first project verification with Gold Standard, and contributing to sustainable development in rural Rwanda.