Updated on December 26, 2023


Created on August 24, 2017

HoPE LVB Energy Efficient Stoves

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The HoPE LVB Energy Efficient Stoves are smokeless and easy-to-build mud stoves, constructed by trained women and with locally available materials.

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Product Description

The HoPE LVB Energy Efficient Stoves are wood-burning stoves. They are mainly made of mud, with one fuel feeding port and the possibility to build it for up to two pans.

Compared to the three brick or stone traditional stoves used in the target communities, these models consume one-third less fuel. The stoves are constructed as a result of community involvement and women’s training process in Bussi Island (Uganda), Budondo in Luuka District (Uganda) and Kenya; Video of the HoPE LVB project in Bussi Island.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Pathfinder International as leader of the HoPE-LVB Project since 2011, the project was primarily funded by various foundations and with technical support from two USAID-funded projects. The construction of the energy-saving stoves is promoted by locally trained women.  

Competitive Landscape

Direct competitors include Eco Rocket Stove, IES 60 L Cookstove, and Kuniokoa Stove.

Manufacturing/Building Method

Self-constructed by end-users and trained women from the local communities.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

HoPE-LVB trains women from target communities to build the stoves. They promote the construction of stoves in neighbouring communities by charging a fee to new users and augmenting their income. They are legally registered as Kyanjazi Environment Group and promote a multiplier effect of the energy-efficient stove project.

Distributions to Date Status

By June 2016, over 12,000 stoves had been constructed, and more than 5,575 households were using energy-saving stoves built with support from HoPE-LVB.  

Fuel type


Chimney (yes/no)


Forced or passive


Pot type

Flat bottom

Pot capacity (L)


Thermal efficiency (%)


PM emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)


CO emissions (g/MJ delivered to pot)


Time to boil (min/L)


Design Specifications

Design specifications include the body of the stove mainly made of mud, one fuel-feeding port and one or two holes for the pans.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Women from communities receive a full-training on how to build the stoves by HoPE-LVB.

Replacement Components

Households are expected to maintain their stoves by replacing the mud periodically.


4 years

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The initial goal of HoPE-LVB project set in 2011 was to design and test a scalable model for promoting community strengthen and facility-based family planning services through maternal and child mortality prevention, environmental conservation with energy-efficient stove campaign, and environmentally sustainable livelihoods for broader economic development.  

Vetted Performance Status




Complementary Technical Systems

Fuel and method to start fire

Academic Research and References

Bruce, Linda, 2013, “Developing Behavior Change Communication Interventions for Population, Health and Environment Projects: Facilitator Guide.” University of Rhode Island. Narragansett, RI.

HoPE-LVB Energy Efficient Stoves | AGLI. n.d. www.africangreatlakesinform.org.

Home. n.d. Pathfinder International.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. 2014. Review of HoPE LVB Energy Efficient Stoves. www.cleancookstoves.org. Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

Margoluis, Cheryl Lynn, and Cara Honzak. 2018. Review of Creating Lasting Change – Case of HoPE-LVB Project (Sustainability Brief), January.

Compliance with regulations


Evaluation methods


Other Information

The following brief reflects on the project’s experience with sustainability, focusing on the institutionalization aspects of scale-up: HoPE-LVB (2018). Creating lasting change: a case of the HoPE-LVB Project. Sustainability brief. Further reports from HoPE-LVB can be found here.

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