Sustainable Rural Enterprise
Our mission is to work with farmers on â€œproductive, or income-generating, uses of biomass renewable energy.â€ Our focus on â€œclean energyâ€ provided an opportunity to utilize â€œabandoned biomassâ€ such as rice hulls, corn cobs, nutshells, and wood chips to fuel a clean-burning cookstove, the Mayon Turbo Stove (MTS). The MTS was introduced in the Philippines by our partner NGO from Canada, REAP (www.reap-canada.com). This additional component to our mission also addresses the prevailing problem of deforestation because a clean cookstove fueled by abandoned biomass reduces, if not eliminates, the need for wood-sourced fuel. Thus, our motto has become: A HEALTHY YOU AND MOTHER EARTH!
Carbon Finance, Climate/Environment, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Health
Other Organizational Expertise
Renewable Energy, Rural Development
Technologies & Fuels
Biomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.)
Clean Cooking Activities
Our cookstove project started in 2006 after winning an award at the World Bank Development Marketplace Competition. The award money, through USAID, was used to fabricate and distribute/sell 1,000 units of the MTS to various farming households as well as households in urban areas throughout Panay Island in the Philippines. Our current initiative is to expand the fabrication/ distribution/sale of the MTS throughout the Philippines through partnership with the St. Paul University Community Development Center's â€œadopted communitiesâ€ program, with a target of 75,000 cookstoves in 10 years. The SPUS Nursing Department will play a crucial role in assessing the health aspects of the program by gathering data on common ailments caused by indoor pollution. In West Africa, we are working with the National Charcoal Union of Liberia (NACUL) to distribute the MTS in Liberia, and then on to Ghana and other countries in West Africa, with a target of 25,000 cookstoves in 10 years. We have also received expressions of interest from rice-producing countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, Viet Nam, and India.
Our organization would like to promote the use of the MTS in as many countries as possible. We can provide a team of experienced and skilled personnel who can carry out the entire process: from fabrication to operation/use, promotion and marketing.
For all of the above initiatives, we are currently looking for funding sources. We have received PHP75,000 from a Philippine Foundation to fabricate/sell the first 100 units at the St. Paul University Philippines â€œadopted communities.â€ The proceeds will be rolled over to fabricate additional units. We have also contacted the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, and will contact the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, to explore funding mechanisms inasmuch as the U.S. Government is a member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, with a funding pledge of more than US$50 million.
Regions Operating In
East Asia and Pacific, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Country Based In
Aklan State University
Primary Point of Contact
Name: Ms. Perla Manapol
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