Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes

by Village Improvement Project, Inc.
Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes
Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes
Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes
Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes
Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes
Improved Cookstoves for 25 Liberian Village Homes

To all our generous donors,

COVID-19 has had a disruptive impact on all our current projects in Liberia. The national state of emergency has made it impossible us to do anything but very limited useful activities. Everything is now in a holding pattern and we are in a state of limbo with our social enterprise. 

We have decided to suspend our projects and all our work in Liberia until it is safe and economically feasible to begin again. 

Thank you so much for your generous support in the past and we hope that when conditions improve that we can move forward together again.

Wishing all of you safety during this COVID-19 period as we pray and work toward its end sooner rather than later. 

Nancy Moore

VIP Board Member

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Very-high efficiency stove

Thanks to your continuing support, the Cookstove Project is moving forward.  VIP’s CEO,
Dr. LeRoy Boikai is now in Monrovia for the purpose of overseeing construction of the factory and the hiring of workers. The land has already been cleared and Dr. Boikai has been notified that the pre-fab factory parts will arrive in port this month. We look forward to being able to start construction on the factory as soon as the parts and materials are out of customs and delivered to the site.

Dr. Boikai will be on site to ensure that everything is done to a high standard and that the grant money is being used in the most efficient way possible. This means that he will be living in Liberian for some time. The main funding for the factory has come from a $200,000 grant from the Africa Energy Challenge Fund.

We will look forward to updates from him on our Facebook Page. If you are not already following us on Facebook, you can find us at Village Improvement Project, Inc.

As you know, clean cooking is an energy issue, a health issue, an environmental issue, and a women’s empowerment issue in Liberia. Addressing this challenge requires educating households, institutions, and businesses, creating demand, developing new distribution models, and changing practices ingrained over centuries. Your generous donations are going to make that happen.


Thank you for your continuing support!

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IES Institutional Stove

Great news to report! Village Improvement Project has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Africa Energy Challenge Fund. With this grant award, VIP will launch its social enterprise, Liberia Eco-Supply Ventures, and set up a modern factory in Liberia to assemble high-quality, efficient rocket stoves. This factory will hire and train Liberian workers thus providing good jobs in an area that needs employment opportunities.

 VIP’s CEO, Dr. LeRoy Boikai will be traveling to Monrovia soon to oversee construction of the factory and the hiring of workers. We look forward to being able to start construction on the factory soon. The land has already been cleared. Dr. Boikai will be on site to ensure that everything is done to a high standard and that the grant money is being used in the most efficient way possible. This means that he will be living in Liberian for some time.

 We will look forward to updates from him on our Facebook Page. If you are not already following us on Facebook, you can find us at Village Improvement Project, Inc.

As you know, clean cooking is an energy issue, a health issue, an environmental issue, and a women’s empowerment issue in Liberia. Addressing this challenge requires educating households, institutions, and businesses, creating demand, developing new distribution models, and changing practices ingrained over centuries. Your generous donations are going to make that happen.

 Thank you for your continuing support.

Installing Stove
Installing Stove
Installing stove
Installing stove
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By the time of this report, we were hoping to share some good news about our grant application with the Africa Energy Challenge Fund. We are waiting to hear final words from AECF by the end of this month.

With this grant award, VIP will launch its social enterprise, Liberia Eco-Supply Ventures, and set up a modern factory in Liberia to assemble high-quality efficient rocket stoves.

Clean cooking is an energy issue, a health issue, an environmental issue, and a women’s empowerment issue in Liberia. Addressing this challenge requires educating households, institutions, and businesses, creating demand, developing new distribution models, and changing practices ingrained over centuries. Liberia Eco-Supply Ventures, Inc., a Village Improvement Project social enterprise, seeks to replace the three-stone open fire cooking method with improved fuel-efficient stoves for school feeding programs, hospitals, hotels, and restaurants in urban, peri-urban and rural communities in Liberia. These stoves will come in three sizes (20L, 60L, and 100L) capable of feeding 100 to 700 people a day. 

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We have some really exciting news to share with you. The Cookstove Project has reached the final round in competition for a $300,000 grant from the Africa Energy Challenge Fund. This grant would be the seed money to launch our social enterprise business of assembling high-efficiency cookstoves to sell in Liberia.

 Village Improvement Project’s Chairman of the Board, Dr. LeRoy Boikai, will be traveling to Liberia at the end of July to defend our proposal before the selection team from AECF. The final decision will happen in August. While Dr. Boikai is in Liberia he will also be conducting market research to identify which businesses, school and hospitals are most interested in purchasing high-efficiency stoves. If our proposal is approved, Dr. Boikai with be putting together a team to move the project forward. We have identified a potential property for an assembly plant suitable for cookstove production. In addition to acquiring a property, we will also need to hire and train workers and a sales staff. Lots to do but it feels great that we are so close to making the dream of producing eco-friendly cookstoves in Liberia built by Liberian workers come true.

 Thank you so much for your generous support. Without you we wouldn’t be in a position to even apply for this grant. You are the best!

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Village Improvement Project, Inc.

Location: Columbus, OH - USA
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Twitter: @vilimprovement
Village Improvement Project, Inc.
LeRoy Boikai
Project Leader:
LeRoy Boikai
President/CEO
Gahanna, OH United States

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