In early 2014, StovePlus and GIZ-HERA initiated a study to better understand biomass cookstove business models across Asia and Africa.
This study comes at an important time where market-led approaches are increasingly used for cookstove dissemination and as market actors search for more effective and sustainable ways of financing their businesses and investing in stove value chains.
Focusing on investment choices and flows, researchers aimed to bring recommendations from major market actors to the sector’s financers, such as donors and private investors, and lessons learned to practitioners in the sector.
The study, “Building Business Cases to Reach Scale: A study on biomass cookstove business models from Asia and Africa”, analyzed 8 cookstove business models:
- IcoProDac, GERES Cambodia
- SZ Consultancy, GIZ Bangladesh
- Envirofit India
- Envirofit Kenya
- Cookswell Jiko, Kenya
- Toyola Energy Ltd., Ghana
- EnterpriseWorks/ VITA, Ghana
- FAFASO, GIZ Burkina Faso
By conducting 100 in-person interviews, direct field observations, focus groups and two regional workshops (Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Accra, Ghana), researchers were able to gather a large amount of firsthand data and recommendations.
Where, when and how to invest in a cookstove business? What financing mechanisms are used? What role can donors play?
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