In July 2023, we undertook annual monitoring for the first time on our new Rwanda stove project, where we have distributed tens of thousands of improved cookstoves to households in the districts of Kayonza, Bugesera and Nyamasheke. This was an opportunity to quantify the impact the Canarumwe stoves have made on the lives of the recipients and the contribution of the project to 4 Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy!
The survey data collected during annual monitoring demonstrated that the provision of the project stoves saved time that was originally spent on wood collection and cooking for 100% of participants. This meant they could spend their regained time on activities such as income generation, domestic work, and religious/social/leisure activities. Compared to the situation before the project began, there has been a 40% reduction in time spent collecting firewood and cooking. Since the majority of the burden for these tasks falls disproportionally on women, this contributes to SDG 5 – Gender Equality.
The stoves also noticeably reduced the amount of smoke emitted during the cooking process for 94% of participants, leading to health improvements such as reduced coughing and eye irritation. Annual monitoring surveys found a 52% reduction in household air pollution with the stoves, compared to the situation before the project began. This contributes to SDG 3 – Good Health and Wellbeing.
This data will be submitted to the Gold Standard to verify emission reductions and SDG contributions for the monitoring period and enable us to continue to contribute to sustainable development in rural Rwanda throughout 2024 and beyond!