HoPE LVB Energy Efficient Stoves
The HoPE LVB Energy Efficient Stoves are smokeless and easy-to-build mud stoves, constructed by trained women and with locally available materials.
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.
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.
Stove builders charge households 1.39 USD. In Uganda, there is a group of women who also sell to neighbouring islands at a higher cost of 5.56 USD. Interview with representative
Goal 7: Affordable and clean energy
Individuals living in Bussi Island (Uganda), Budondo (Luuka District, Uganda) and Kenya who need to use less firewood when cooking, particularly due to deforestation, blurred vision and lung disease. Interview with representative
Self-constructed by end-users and trained women from the local communities.
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.
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.
What fuel type the stoves uses
Does the stove have a chimney?
Whether the stove is forced draft or passive
What pot type(s) the stove can accommodate
The capacity of the pot the stove can accommodate
The efficiency in terms of heat delivered to pot compared to overall heat produced through combustion
PM2.5 emissions of the stove per MJ
CO emissions of the stove per MJ
The amount of time it takes to bring a specified amount of water to boil
Design specifications include the body of the stove mainly made of mud, one fuel-feeding port and one or two holes for the pans.
Women from communities receive a full-training on how to build the stoves by HoPE-LVB.
Households are expected to maintain their stoves by replacing the mud periodically.
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.
Fuel and method to start fire
Bruce, Linda, 2013, “Developing Behavior Change Communication Interventions for Population, Health and Environment Projects: Facilitator Guide.” University of Rhode Island. Narragansett, RI.
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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