Published: February 23rd, 2016, — In a bid to reduce the pressure on forests depleted by the burning of wood for fuel, the wPOWER Hub has taken next steps for the introduction of new stove technologies in Kibra, Nairobi County to improve household air pollution and environmental degradation. This they have done through the launch of the wPOWER Hub One – Stop Shop for clean energy technologies.
Through its Monitoring and Evaluation team, the Hub identified 51 women and one male in various women groups in Kibra, to become clean energy entrepreneurs. The women underwent a three day training on Sustainable Clean Energy Entrepreneurship where they were trained about the benefits of the new clean stoves and solar lighting technologies, compared to traditional cooking and lighting technologies .They also learnt various sales techniques and core competencies to become effective entrepreneurs for clean cookstoves and lighting technologies.
Prof Kiama Gitahi, the Academic Director of the wPOWER Hub said that the whole training embraced social, environmental and economic aspects in the community. He informed participants that the smoke from traditional cookstoves and kerosene lanterns is harmful to especially women and children.
Understanding the importance of end-user training for new stove technologies, and the availability of customer care and after-sales services, the group was also trained in stove operation instruction and stove maintenance. Through the various women groups households can access finance for the purchase of the clean technologies.
The training marked the end of the 1st phase that included 6 regions (i.e Othaya, Muranga, Maragua, Homabay, Munyaka and Kibra). Phase 2 will cover 13 new regions.