RUWES and Nexleaf are now trialing a similar scheme in two villages (Mararraban-Burum and Katampe) close to the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where they will be comparing two different stoves in 100 households over the next year. Tara Ramanathan, Nexleaf Program Director, hopes this will help identify the type of cookstoves women prefer using and ultimately improve the health of Nigerians and protect the climate.
“We hope that it also improves women’s empowerment through climate credit payments. This will not only help women afford the stove but also teach financial literacy, financial management and ultimately lead to financial inclusion for people who may never have had bank account before,” Ms Ramanathan said.
The Climate and Clean Air Coalition commends the efforts of RUWES and its partners to improve the health and lives of Nigeria’s women and empower women to become clean energy leaders.
According to the World Health Organization, 3 billion people cook and heat their homes using open fires and simple stoves. The smoke from these fires have serious impact on the environment and health. Every year over 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution.