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Ashden awards nominates Kenyan green energy start up

A Kenyan cooking stove manufacturing company, USAFI Green Energy, is making waves with its innovative approach to addressing cooking fuel and environmental challenges within refugee communities in Kenya. The company’s groundbreaking efforts have earned them a nomination for the prestigious Ashden Award, recognizing their contributions to sustainable and clean energy solutions. USAFI Green Energy began its mission to provide low-carbon and affordable stoves to the Kakuma refugee camp in 2020. Thanks to a strategic partnership with BURN, one of Kenya’s largest cookstoves and briquette producers, USAFI has been nominated for the Ashden Award in the category of “Powering Refugees and Displaced People.” USAFI Green Energy began its mission to provide low-carbon and affordable stoves to the Kakuma refugee camp in 2020. Dr. Stephen Hall, Head of the Ashden Award, expressed enthusiasm about the range of low-carbon solutions being honored, saying, “This year we have an incredible array of low-carbon solutions in the awards again, including another clean cook stove company, USAFI Green Energy, who have found a way to turn invasive plants into clean cooking fuels for refugee communities in Kenya.” USAFI’s collaboration with BURN has propelled them to become the second-largest domestically produced cookstoves and briquette provider in Kenya, following in the footsteps of BURN, which won the Ashden award back in 2006 when King Charles served as its patron. Brian Onyango, CEO of USAFI Green Energy, attributed his company’s success to the mentorship and guidance of BURN’s CEO, Peter Scott. Onyango stated, “Peter is my key role model and mentor on clean cooking, and I benchmark from him. I do a lot of site visits at the BURN factory to learn more and work together on our briquette tests and partnerships alongside the stove’s supply.” USAFI’s cooking stoves are designed to use clean briquettes made at the Kakuma camp. These unique briquettes are produced from compressed invasive plant species, primarily Prosopis, which have long been a nuisance to local communities. Prosopis, an invasive tree species, causes multiple problems by dominating local vegetation, depleting water resources, injuring cattle with its sharp thorns, and producing poisonous seed pods.https://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2023/11/kenyan-innovators-transform-invasive-plants-into-clean-cooking-fuels-for-refugees/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=kenyan-innovators-transform-invasive-plants-into-clean-cooking-fuels-for-refugees

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  • winnie nguru

    29 w

    This is a huge commitment coming from a small manufacturer. Commendable indeed

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    • Princess

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      It's truly uplifting to see Kenyan green energy startups being recognized by the Ashden Awards.

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      • Kevin

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        Ashden has done amazing nominating this Kenyan green start up. Truly an amazing company and we hope they go all the way in scooping major awards

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        • Princess

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          @Kevin It's exciting to anticipate the positive impact this company could make, and we hope they secure well-deserved major awards for their contributions to sustainable and innovative solutions.

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        • Esther Wanjiku

          32 w

          Wishing them all the luck for their efforts towards a green energy globe

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        • Sarah Chabane

          32 w

          That's great! Congratulations to them 👏

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          • Grace Njeri

            32 w

            The kind of investments we tend to celebrate.

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          • We Don't Have Time

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            • George Kariuki

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              This is quite impressed from USAFI Green Energy to make clean cooking fuels for refugee communities in Kenya.

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              • rosebellendiritu

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                @george_kariuki this will be a great relief for the refugees

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              • Gorffly mokua

                32 w

                This is a great initiative, more of this innovations should be recognized to inspire others.

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  32 w

                  Impressive

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    32 w

                    Encouraging green energy is really impressive as this will promote the use of clean and renewable energy

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                    • Kevin

                      31 w

                      @johnte_ndeto Yes that is for sure

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                    • Rotich Kim

                      32 w

                      Great innovation all other sector should embrace it though we need to do more research on where we get this to avoid destruction of our forest

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                    • Abraham Jok Atem

                      32 w

                      This is a great Initiative from Kenyan cooking stove Manufacturing company.

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        32 w

                        This is a great way to motivate more companies to support clean and renewable energy for a sustainable environment today and in the future.

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