Prakti Design Labs, AIDG, E+Co, Sierra Club, Tostan, ? commit to designing a fuel efficient, low polluting stove for Haitian households. This partnership will combine new stove concepts with innovative fuel processing technologies and carbon financing schemes. Upon completion, the stove created by this commitment will be completely scaleable, in terms of cost, production capacity, distribution and usage. In order to increase financial viability, E+Co will provide expertise and guidance on carbon financing, by leveraging the gold standard verification process for the stove project in Haiti. By creating an alternative to traditional stoves, the partnership will bring large scale benefits to people's health and to the forests, all the while while reducing the impact of cooking on global warming.
In addition, this partnership, because of its collaborative and complementary nature, will also prove that innovative models for working together can develop new and sustainable solutions for development and environmental issues.
January 2009 - Prakti Design Labs will visit Haiti with the goal of finding a stove-convenient location (proximity to users, artisans).
March 2009 - Start full operations in the field, in four phases:
1. (Six months) - Short list 3 to 5 different stoves (charcoal and non charcoal) that have the highest potential for impact and scaleability.
2. (One year) - Optimize stove and fuel performance/emissions/usability/cost/scale up and local production. Execute 10 to 50 mini pilots of various stoves.
3. (Six months) - Full commercial pilot executed with 1000 stoves where produces are trained to make stoves, they are tested from a distribution/sale point of view and from a usability (monitoring) point of view.
4. (on going) Train local producers and monitor quality, use and maintenance of stoves.
Haiti is one of the countries that has suffered the most from deforestation and its impacts. This deforestation is largely due to cutting trees to produce charcoal for household use. Not only will fuel efficient stoves reduce the health and economic burdens on households, particularly women, they will also contribute to a faster reforestation of the Haitian landscape.
Prakti Design Labs, a leader in the design of fuel efficient stoves for the bottom of the pyramid, has leveraged the CGI Annual Meeting to bring partners together around a topic that is close to their hearts.
SEEKING: Prakti needs an investment group to underwrite the establishment of local manufacturing and distribution of fuel-efficient stoves in Haiti, at a cost of $300,000.
Prakti offers fully developed fuel and stove technologies and products. It provides local partners with training and specifications to scale up deployment of alternate fuels (replace use of charcoal) and appropriate improved cooking stoves.
Prakti's plan all along was to work with partners who would bring a wide range of expertise, funding, implementation and distribution capacity to bring the benefits of fuel-efficient stoves to the largest number of households.
Prakti now has an implementation partner, AIDG, who is also its CGI commitment partner. It also has two other partners in Haiti: Tree Water People (TWP), and Lifelife Fund. The goal is to develop alternative fuels and stoves. This requires engineering time, R&D, prototypes, and pilots. Prakti needs funding to cover lab expenses.