More than 1 billion people in Sub-Saharan Africa cook with wood and charcoal, which creates harmful pollution, increases the chance of burns, and causes more than 4.3 million premature deaths each year. The cleaner cooking solutions that currently exist are expensive and usually complex for rural households. In addition, these solutions are often designed for middle income households who can afford high upfront costs and have functional and equipped kitchens with tables and stove tops. However, few solutions are designed with customers at the lowest ends of the income spectrum in mind who can currently only afford poor quality fuels and may cook over traditional means such as a three-stone stove.
Over the past several months, we've been working on a cleaner and more affordable cooking solution to help address the needs of these customers and help them replace wood and charcoal with a higher quality, comparably-priced solution. We are currently in the prototyping phase and have begun a small market test.
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