The report describes the peer-to-peer exchange, supported by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Solution Centre in October 2016, between a group of RUWES women and Project Surya...
Of particular interest to the women was how mobile technology is helping women afford clean cooking technology. In the villages of Keonjhar and Notarpali the Nigerian women saw how sensors connected to cookstoves transmit information via a mobile network to show how often and how long clean cookstoves are used. Using this information, Nexleaf Analytics quantifies how much black carbon and carbon dioxide is prevented from being emitted into the atmosphere. This is then translated into ‘climate credits’, which enable women to get payments for using their stoves. The Nexleaf StoveTrace system captures also women’s feedback on potential design improvements.
Following this Solution centre activity, RUWES and Nexleaf applied a similar scheme in two villages (Mararraban-Burum and Katampe) close to the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where they compared different stoves in 100 households over one year. That helped identify the type of cookstoves women prefer using and ultimately improve the health of Nigerians and protect the climate. This has also improved women’s empowerment through climate credit payments, not only helping women afford the stove but also acquire financial literacy, financial management and ultimately lead to financial inclusion for rural women.
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