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    • Caritas boost sales of Katsina-made fuel-efficient woodstoves

       

      The Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria has boosted the sales of efficient wood stoves entrepreneurs in Katsina State. In February 2017, Caritas took delivery of 2000 stoves produced by trained local potters in Katsina State. This puts money in the pockets of several local stove producers and food on the table for their families.

      Caritas is a leading humanitarian organisation in Nigeria. It plans to distribute these stoves in Cross River State. The fuel efficient woodstoves reduce wood consumption by 60% and as such, save money, cooking time, improves health and protects the environment from degradation and desertification as fewer trees will be cut down for the purpose of cooking. In addition to the household stoves, the organisation also provided institutional cookstoves to Stella Maris Preparatory Seminary, Uyangha and Immaculate Conception Seminary, Mfamosing in Akamkpa Local Government Area, Cross River State.

      The International Center for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in collaboration with Oxfam Novib are supporting the development of highly efficient low cost stove models and are helping to build entrepreneurship among local farmers and potters. The 4- year project on “Improvement of Fuelwood balance in selected LGAs of Katsina State” is funded by the European Union. The project aims to improve fuel wood balance in Daura, Mashi, Zango, Mai’Adua, Sandamu, Dutsi and Baure LGAs of Katsina State. A significant part of this project is to improve the livelihood of households in the 7 LGAs by building entrepreneurial capacities of men and women to produce fuel efficient wood stoves and develop market for these products. CARITAS Foundation’s purchase increases the income of the stove entrepreneurs as well as ensures healthy cash flow to sustain their stove production enterprises.

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