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A BURN employee doing work in their Kenya factory.

BURN, a leading Kenya-based cookstove manufacturer, offers a range of clean cooking solutions sold in 13 countries across sub-Saharan Africa. A Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) Venture Catalyst portfolio company, BURN is raising US$7 million of debt and equity in a Series C round to scale-up its operations. Founder and CEO Peter Scott recently spoke with Peter George, Senior Director of Private Sector and Investment, about BURN’s exciting growth prospects.

This interview is the latest in a series of conversations CCA’s Private Sector and Investment team is having with business leaders across the clean cooking sector.

Peter George (George): BURN has…


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Seven years ago, Nigeria’s clean cooking industry was both smaller and more male-dominated than today. But that didn’t stop entrepreneur Happy Amos from founding her own cookstove manufacturing company. Since starting Roshan Global Services in 2013, Amos, who is also the Managing Director of the company, has sold over 20,000 “Happy Stove” cookstoves. Amos has recruited more than 60 women as sales agents across Northern Nigeria and has trained over 350 women, including refugees, on the negative impacts of cooking with fuels like wood, charcoal, and animal dung.

With Nigeria’s COVID-19 health and safety policies prohibiting large gatherings, Amos and…


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In 2012, Kalinda Magloire founded SWITCH S.A., one of the first woman-led clean cooking companies in Haiti. Under Magloire’s leadership, this social marketing and manufacturing enterprise has helped transition nearly 400 schools, 1,000 food vendors, and over 2,000 families away from burning inefficient and polluting fuels like wood and charcoal to using liquified petroleum gas (LPG).

Despite its strong progress, SWITCH’s operations have been negatively impacted by widespread lockdowns in Haiti, linked to political protests and to COVID-19. …


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The COVID-19 pandemic has created new and unusual obstacles for industries around the world. The clean cooking and sustainable energy sectors are no exception. Women entrepreneurs are rising to the challenge, even as many are bearing additional responsibilities.

To better understand these challenges, the Clean Cooking Alliance, Sustainable Energy for All, ENERGIA, and members of the People-Centered Accelerator hosted a webinar featuring five women entrepreneurs and facilitated by Dr. Amanda Elam of Babson College. …


Opening opportunities for gender equality in the transition to sustainable energy

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An opinion piece by Sheila Oparaocha and Elizabeth Cecelski (ENERGIA), Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA), Dymphna van der Lans (Clean Cooking Alliance), Irene Giner-Reichl (GWNET), Monica Maduekwe (ECREEE), Ajaita Shah (Frontier Markets)

As women leaders working to achieve sustainable energy for all, we are calling for gender equality in post-COVID-19 measures to build back better!

Women are on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. They need modern and affordable energy to keep up the fight and to support the economic recovery, to make their households, communities and businesses more resilient. The short-term effects of the pandemic for energy access and for women are devastating and need to be mitigated. …


By: Jessica Borbee

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten peoples’ access to basic necessities like clean cooking energy, Esther Altorfer, Managing Director of East Africa at Sistema.bio, shares insights about how her organization is dealing with the new challenges they face. Altorfer also highlights a unique advantage of biodigesters and biogas in the times of COVID-19.

A finalist for the Clean Cooking Alliance’s 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Altorfer works in the Kenya office of Sistema.bio, a Mexico-based social enterprise that manufactures, distributes, installs, and finances biodigesters that convert waste into cooking energy and fertilizer. Sistema.bio was…


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Greenway Appliances is India’s largest manufacturer of biomass cookstoves, which are designed with patented, air regulation technology. Co-founded by Neha Juneja (2019 Alliance Woman Entrepreneur of the Year) and Ankit Mathur in 2011, Greenway has grown from a small start-up to a team of nearly 110 employees across India. In December 2019, Greenway welcomed Achal Mehra as its new CEO of India operations.

The Alliance recently spoke with Juneja, Mathur, and Mehra, about the future of Greenway and the impacts of COVID-19 on their business.

This interview is part of a series of conversations the Alliance is having with business…


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As COVID-19 spreads around the world, a new survey of companies, investors, donors, and other stakeholders working in the clean cooking sector shows that reliable access to modern cooking energy could be in danger.

The survey, conducted April 6–13 by the Clean Cooking Alliance, received more than 300 responses. One hundred eleven clean cooking enterprises responded, including cooking energy producers and distributors, cookstove manufacturers, and many others across the supply chain. Enterprises ranged from small enterprises producing just a few stoves a year to larger enterprises with thousands of customers.

Of the enterprise respondents, nearly one-third have temporarily ceased all…


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Circle Gas Limited, a UK holding company, recently acquired proprietary technology and advanced manufacturing capabilities developed by KopaTech, a pioneer in the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) cooking gas market.

KopaTech, a previous recipient of technical assistance from the Clean Cooking Alliance (“Alliance”), has been operating in Tanzania since 2014. This new transaction of USD $25 million will enable Circle Gas to expand KopaTech’s existing business in Tanzania as well as introduce the technology in Kenya, in partnership with leading telecom company Safaricom.

Circle Gas CEO Volker Schultz recently spoke with Peter George, the Alliance’s Senior Director for Private Sector & Investment, about…


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ATEC Biodigesters International (“ATEC”) is an Australian social enterprise that produces, sells and distributes the first commercially scalable biodigester in Southeast Asia. ATEC has also become the world’s first company to integrate a pay-as-you-go (“PAYGO”) consumer finance model with household biodigesters, allowing rural farmers to more easily access a technology that produces biogas as a clean cooking solution, as well as sustainable, organic fertilizer for agriculture.

A previous recipient of technical assistance and financial support from the Clean Cooking Alliance (“Alliance”), ATEC recently secured US $1.6 million in its Series B equity round. …

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