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Stove Entrepreneurship Drives Income Diversification for Community Members

The stove entrepreneurs in Gongulong, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State, trained by ICEED and the Maida project have continued to make brisk businesses in stove production. On Friday, September, 19, 2020, the producers, under their registered business name; Gongulong Energy Efficient Cooper...tive Society, supplied Eight Hundred stove liners to their client. This of one the many bulk purchases that the Cooperative has made in recent times.

All the members of this Cooperative society come from the conflict affected communities of Gongulong and Zabamari in Jere Local Government Area of Borno State. The conflict in the North East has affected their communities and their means of livelihood. Before the Maida project, many of the trained entrepreneurs, especially the women, had no means of income; they rarely went to the farm because the farms were considered insecure for them, while the men, with no skills, depended on daily jobs that were scarcely available within their communities. They survived on Aid.

The Maida project trained men and women on the production of efficient woodstoves using locally sourced materials. They were given training in determining the best clay for pottery, the mixing ratio of all materials, process of clay curing, and stove firing. Beneficiaries also benefitted from stove business development, which culminated into the registration of their Association with the Borno State government. Some of the members of the Cooperative have continued to diversify their income generation. Two of them; Abba Bundi and Haja Kaka Bura, have been outstanding. Haja Kaka Bura, a female member of the Gongulong Energy Efficient Cooperative Society, has used her part of her earnings from the stove production to establish businesses for two of her children, Goni and Fantani. Haja Bura built and stocked a local grocery store for Fantani, while she also opened a phone charging shop, powered by a 0.9kva generator for Goni. In her words, "I believe it is better for me to empower my children, now that I am making some income from stove production, so that tomorrow, the children can remember me, while I am old."

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The International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development Foundation is committed to the goal of poverty eradication. We deliver this commitment by providing the evidence base for reforms and political influence that shape the poor's energy and climate security. ICEED has over the years of its establishment become Nigeria's leading centre on energy access and climate change. Together with some of the world's foremost resource centres, we have brought market development expertise, capacity building, project implementation and behaviour communication to Nigeria. ICEED has led some of the most important clean energy and climate change activities including the development and promotion of the Bill to Establish the National Climate Change Commission; leading the development of the Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory for Nigeria and writing the Federal Government of Nigeria's Renewable Energy Master Plan. Our key expertise is in policy reform and market development for expanding access to clean energy.

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