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Title
Implementation and Scale-up of a Biomass Pellet and Improved Cookstove Enterprise in Rwanda
Publisher
Energy for Sustainable Development
Author
Pamela Jagger & Ipsita Das
Published in
June 2018
Abstract
This paper reviews the experience of a for-profit firm in Rwanda promoting biomass pellets and a fan micro-gasification improved cookstove as a clean cooking alternative to charcoal. Consumers purchase locally produced biomass pellets and receive the improved cookstove on a lease basis. The cost of the pellets and stove(s) is lower than the cost of cooking with charcoal in the urban setting where our study takes place. Inyenyeri has been piloting its business model since 2012. Using data from an ongoing quantitative impact evaluation study, focus group discussions, and a series of key informant interviews, we chronicle the firm's experience with stove choice,pellet production, and marketing, highlighting lessons for the design of private sector-led clean cooking interventions.
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