--Gold Standard Regulating Authority,
The Gyapa™ cookstove is a low-cost, locally manufactured, charcoal burning, fuel-efficient cookstove that improves the health of families while substantially reducing household expenditure on charcoal. This stove technology reduces the amount of charcoal needed for cooking by up to 50 percent, resulting in significant savings for low-income households. The reduction of charcoal use also results in a reduction of harmful Green House Gas (GHG) emissions.
Above video, produced in 2011, details Gyapa cookstove production
The Gyapa™ cookstove was introduced in Ghana by EnterpriseWorks, a division of Relief International in 2002. EnterpriseWorks is proud to have nurtured the improved cooking sector in Ghana, having trained and inspired numerous cookstove producers. Two producers in the Gyapa Producer Network throughout the period 2002-2007, have since gone on to establish their own, separate stove production businesses.
Gyapa Enterprises continues to support the expansion and local industry development, through providing production and business training, quality control, marketing and trade finance. Gyapa Enterprises is also a distributor of the original Gyapa™ cookstove, penetrating new markets for increased access for new customers and ensuring increased business opportunities for producers.
The Gyapa™ cookstove contains a ceramic liner, the critical element for heat absorption and
retention and thus emission reduction. The liner is then secured into the metal casing with mortar and painted. All stoves are made by hand and the metal casings are sourced from scrap
metal, typically discarded aluminum sheets, roofing, car bodies, refrigerator and air conditioner
exteriors, and finally hammered together.
The Gyapa Enterprises value chain includes six certified ceramists, who produce the internal
liners, over 450 metal artisan manufacturers who manufacture the outer casing of the stove,
and nationwide distributors and retail agents. Over 100,000 Gyapa cookstoves are produced
per year and are sold throughout Ghana. The cookstove program has grown into the largest
local cookstove production industry in Africa and one of the largest cookstove carbon financing
programs in the world.
Families can spend up to 50% of household income on cooking fuel in West Africa. This
not only puts undue strain on low-income households, but the use of inefficient traditional
cookstoves creates health hazards due to the harmful impacts from household air pollution. In
addition, Ghana currently has one of the highest rates of deforestation in West Africa, largely
resulting from the high demand for charcoal as cooking fuel. The high rate of deforestation is
resulting in high fuel costs, specifically charcoal and is increasing the burden for low-income
Since 2007, over 480,000 stoves have been sold, reducing over 1 million tons of carbon
emissions. This has enabled over 2 million Ghanaians to significantly reduce household
expenditure on cooking fuel, saving Gyapa™ stove users more than $57 million since 2007.
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