Enthusiasm in Burkina Faso creates 18,111 cookstoves!

Enthusiasm in Burkina Faso creates 18,111 cookstoves!

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27 May 2021

Birds Bees and Business is the project where people and nature come together. In southern Burkina Faso, women depend on the Shea nut. They process this nut into butter for food or skin care products. A large part is exported and processed into butter or cosmetics, such as lipstick and creams that we use every day here in the West. The high demand for Shea causes trees to be felled and a reduction in biodiversity.

It is therefore only logical for FairClimateFund to work for these women and nature together with Cordaid, the Bird Protection Society and the Postcode Lottery. In this project, FairClimateFund focuses on Cookstoves. A total of 18,111 F3PA cookstoves have already been realized in 2020. This is thanks to 1,537 trainers from 9,119 households. These trainers receive a micro-loan because they have taken on this role.

The ‘train the trainer’ strategy is used in this project. Women are trained as trainers and then organize a session in their village to teach how to build and maintain an improved cookstove. This works well. Last year, 47 villages were reached and 4,753 people were trained in the use of improved cookstoves. There is great enthusiasm among women to participate.

But that is not everything. The women who use the cookstoves can join a Fairtrade cooperative. They are responsible for Fairtrade certification and receive a Fairtrade premium. This is used for climate adaptation measures. The cooperative consists of an elected president, a treasurer and a secretary per village.

The ambitions are great in 2021. The plan is to increase the number of households with improved cookstoves to 18,000. Together with Cordaid, the Bird Protection Society and the Postcode Lottery, we are doing everything we can to achieve this goal. This year extra attention will be paid by all organizations.

Want to know more about the project? Watch the documentary Birds, Bees and Business with Eddy Zoëy and Lauren Lewis here