Lack of energy access afflicts approximately 98% of Liberians. The problem affects individuals, households, communities, local institutions and small and medium-sized businesses. This problem presents an opportunity to create a market-based solution for nearly 4 million potential consumers. Cleaner and more efficient cook stoves and fuels are cost-efficient options for the families using them, and they can use the money saved for other important purposes, such as school fees or medicine.
VIP, through a social enterprise model, is seeking to respond to how best to serve the needs of this market. VIP seeks to establish, grow and scale a successful cook stove enterprise using affordable rocket stove technology that will provide cleaner and healthier means of cooking.
Utilizing a market-based approach, while aiding a vulnerable population in Liberia, this project aims to hire 15 to 20 Liberians in years 1 to 2 to produce, distribute and sell stoves, reduce annual bio fuel use by 40% per household, increase savings of household income by 5-6%, and save about 100 hours annually per household collecting firewood.
This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).