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Carbon Credits: Solar cooking for Refugee Families

We are providing them with the necessary material, knowledge and training to manufacture their own solar cooker and to prepare their meals using energy from the sun.
Buying this product is supporting the cause of Decent Work & Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption & Production, Gender Equality, and Life On Land by:
  • Buying items or services made by supported beneficiaries
  • Direct donation to individuals in need
  • Utilizing reused, recycled or recyclable materials
Unit price from $18.00 | Lead time 3-5 days
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Since the start of the programme in 2005, 40.000 families in the refugee camps and the surrounding villages have been equipped with solar cookers made out of carton and aluminium foil that, when folded in a semi-parabolic form can be used to heat water and cook entire meals. Due to the omnipresence of sun in this region, the cooker can be used 330 days out of the year, thus almost completely eliminating the need for firewood.

This project does not only eliminate the danger of women exposing themselves to physical harm, but also verifiably improves health conditions, especially among women and children, because cooking with solar energy is smokeless. Furthermore, it empowers the women by giving them a viable role in the project, and without the need to collect firewood women have more time to pursue handcrafting or other jobs and children to attend school.

As one solar cooker lasts around two years, a barrier for this project is to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of raw materials for the refugee camps. Income from carbon credit sells provides the means to ensure that the materials and infrastructure are in place to build and distribute new cookers, ensuring the ongoing success of this project.

Since the start of the programme in 2005, 40.000 families in the refugee camps and the surrounding villages have been equipped with solar cookers made out of carton and aluminium foil that, when folded in a semi-parabolic form can be used to heat water and cook entire meals. Due to the omnipresence of sun in this region, the cooker can be used 330 days out of the year, thus almost completely eliminating the need for firewood.

This project does not only eliminate the danger of women exposing themselves to physical harm, but also verifiably improves health conditions, especially among women and children, because cooking with solar energy is smokeless. Furthermore, it empowers the women by giving them a viable role in the project, and without the need to collect firewood women have more time to pursue handcrafting or other jobs and children to attend school.

As one solar cooker lasts around two years, a barrier for this project is to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of raw materials for the refugee camps. Income from carbon credit sells provides the means to ensure that the materials and infrastructure are in place to build and distribute new cookers, ensuring the ongoing success of this project.

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