Community Cooker Foundation
The mission of the Community Cooker Foundation is to regularly improve the efficiency and design of the community cooker, and to educate the public regarding safe methods of incinerating trash for energy production in informal settlements. Rubbish and trash clogs streets, pollutes groundwater and degrades the environment. Capturing energy from incineration is a practical option for refuse reduction. The Community Cooker Foundation develops and disseminates this technology in Nairobi.
Technologies & Fuels
Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.)
Other Technologies Fuels
Clean Cooking Activities
The prototype community cooker has been in use in Kibera, Nairobi for over three years now and has revolutionized the area. Approaching the community cooker, the rubbish in the streets is noticeably reduced. Neighborly conversation bubbles as people cook their lunch around the community cooker for a fraction of the cost of using charcoal or kerosene. The community cooker cannot solve all of the problems of slum areas but it does address a number of key issues in a practical, inexpensive and sustainable way. To date, the community cooker has had the following impacts: collection and incineration of refuse at temperatures that exceed who requirements; much cheaper alternative to use of charcoal, bottled gas and kerosene for domestic water heating and cooking; and provides hot water for washing and cleaning. In the slums, access to a hot shower can be difficult. Washing facilities with water heated by the community cooker are a huge benefit to the community.
In April 2011 Ms. Ban Ki-Moon, wife of the head of the United Nations visited the project in Kibera and was served lunch cooked on the community cooker. In March 2011 the community cooker was selected to exhibit at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, national design museum at the United Nations, New York.
The community cooker foundation would like to be linked together with other organizations and who are pursuing low-income urban technology issues, so that we can share ideas and network. The community cooker is interested in joining the alliance in order to learn about potential funding opportunities, and to disseminate information on the cooker to international audiences.
Regions Operating In
Country Based In
PO BOX 188
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Ms. Janice Muthui
Phone: 254 724 255 088Request an Edit to This Profile