BURN Wins Ashden Clean Energy for Women and Girls Award
BURN Manufacturing, an Alliance partner, was recently recognized with the 2015 Ashden Clean Energy for Women and Girls Award , one of the world’s leading green energy awards. This award was presented to BURN, a stove manufacturer based in Kenya, for their accomplishments in improving the health and economic livelihoods of girls and women by promoting widespread adoption of more efficient cookstoves in Kenya.
“BURN is honored to be recognized by Ashden for our work in transforming the clean cookstoves sector in Kenya,” said Boston Nyer, Chief Product Officer at BURN. “This award will support local R&D for new products and allow us to work towards our goal of making 3 million cookstoves over the next 10 years.”
BURN has production and distribution facilities across Kenya, and women comprise just over half of their workforce. BURN has served 300,000 Kenyans through the manufacture and sale of their innovative jikokoa cookstove. This stove can reduce emissions by 64%, decrease household fuel consumption by 55%, and save families about $200 on fuel costs per year. Additionally, the jikokoa stove significantly reduces the time that women and girls must spend cooking and collecting wood. Demand for BURN’s clean cooking solution continues to grow, and in the past 18 months, more than 65,000 jikokoa stoves have been purchased in Kenya.
The awards ceremony took place at the Royal Geographic Society in London on June 11. Receiving the award on behalf of BURN were Boston Nyer, BURN's Chief Product Officer, and Hildah Wanjiku, an early adopter of the jikokoa stove who is now a part of BURN’s Kenya sales team.
BURN's video for Ashden talking about their work: