Women Energizing Change Series
Women are a crucial part of the clean cooking sector and their involvement throughout the value-chain is necessary to achieve universal access to clean cooking by 2030.
To highlight stories of women making an impact in their communities, the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) is interviewing women leaders from around the world who are working to scale access to clean cooking.
Visit CCA’s Women & Clean Cooking page to learn more about the organization’s work to increase the role of women and address gender issues in clean cooking. To suggest someone to be featured as part of this ongoing series, please contact CCA’s Communications team at email@example.com.
Rethinking the Elements of a Clean Cooking Transition
Dipti Paudel is a chemical engineer and researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras in Chennai, India. Her research explores the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in material science, which she hopes will contribute to developing higher-performing and more efficient energy systems. CCA interviewed Paudel about what motivates her work and what other steps must be taken to expand access to clean cooking solutions.Read more
How a Women-led Investment Firm is Supporting Clean Cooking
Nathalie Prado is a Managing Director of Investments at EcoEnterprises Fund, a women-led venture fund with a track record of over 20 years helping to grow businesses in Latin America that directly preserve and restore natural ecosystems, promote climate action, and create social equity concurrent with generating financial returns. CCA interviewed Nathalie about the role of impact investment in expanding access to clean cooking.Read more
Clearing the Air: One Woman’s Quest to Bring Clean Cooking to Families in Nepal
Bambie Gadon Panta is the Country Director of The Cookstove Project Nepal. She works to increase awareness of the dangers of traditional cooking methods and to improve the health of women and children. The Cookstove Project builds improved cookstoves for families in Nepal using locally sourced materials and supports them in maintaining and caring for their stoves. CCA interviewed Bambie about her work and the people she serves through the project.Read more
Engineering Her Own Path – and Paving the Way for Others
Rejoice Ntiriwaa is an engineer, researcher, and lecturer at Cape Coast Technical University in Ghana, focusing on bioenergy, renewable energy systems design, and alternative cooking fuels. She received the Clean Cooking Alliance’s 2022 Women Leaders Award in the “Policy, Advocacy, and Research” category. CCA interviewed Ntiriwaa about her experiences and what motivated her work.Read more
Healthy Babies, Empowered Women: One Researcher’s Quest to Expand Access to Clean Cooking
Ellen Boamah was the lead coordinator of a recently completed study in Ghana on how cooking with different fuels and stoves can impact the health of mothers and children. The study was co-funded by the Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Thrasher Research Fund. CCA spoke with Boamah about the potential impacts of this study’s critical findings.Read more
Careers in Clean Cooking: Perspectives from Two Women Leaders
As part of its focus on women’s leadership, CCA sponsored Betty Ikalany and Esther Altorfer to participate in the 2021 Vital Voices GROW Fellowship. A year-long accelerator program, VV GROW provides women working in small- and medium-sized companies with personalized business skills and opportunities for career development and networking. CCA recently spoke with Ikalany and Altorfer about their experiences as Fellows.Read more
How COVID-19 Accelerated ATEC’s Shift to Digital Marketing
Even before COVID-19, the Cambodia-based biodigester manufacturing and distribution company ATEC had started implementing online and digital communication strategies. However, the pandemic forced them to rapidly speed up this transition.Read more
How Technology Can Offer Solutions in a Time of Social Distancing
With Nigeria’s COVID-19 health and safety policies prohibiting large gatherings, Amos and her team have had to rethink their sales and marketing approaches. Amos shared how she is using creative communications strategies to reach customers and meet the ongoing demand for clean cooking solutions.Read more
Clean Cooking and Food Security in Times of Crisis
CCA spoke with Kalinda Magloire, Founder of clean cooking company SWITCH S.A., about how her operations have been negatively impacted by widespread lockdowns in Haiti, linked to political protests and to COVID-19. Magloire shared how her company is stepping up to support her community – through clean cooking as well as healthy meals.Read more
Woman Entrepreneur Series: Expanding Access to Biogas During a Pandemic
In the first interview in this series, CCA spoke with Esther Altorfer, Managing Director of East Africa at Sistema.bio, a Mexico-based social enterprise that manufactures, distributes, installs, and finances biodigesters that convert waste into cooking energy and fertilizer. As Kenya began to implement social distancing policies due to COVID-19, Altorfer spoke to CCA about the benefits of biogas and how biodigesters eliminate the need to leave home to collect or purchase external sources of fuel.Read more