This is a partnership between Fastenopfer and Caritas Nyeri. The project aims at reducing the emission of Carbon dioxide into the atmosphere – hence saving Carbon. The saved carbon will be calculated in tons and will be sold to earn carbon credits. To earn carbon credits, the project must qualify to be registered by Gold Standard – the body that regulates the voluntary carbon market.

The project has 3 lead artisans and 30 trained artisans. Each artisan is paid Kshs. 1,000/= by the beneficiary upon construction of the cook stove, 10% of this is ploughed back to the project to help the less fortunate within the same society. Construction of the stove takes a day by 1 skilled artisan and 3 unskilled laborers. A well maintained stove will last for about 10 years and saves 50% of fuel wood as compared to the traditional cook stove. Every cook stove constructed is issued with a GPS coordinate and a serial number that will be used during monitoring.

Project Goal
The Project purpose is to promote and disseminate energy efficient, clean and affordable cooking technologies among households in rural communities.

It seeks to construct 15,000 cook stoves within 7 years.

Target Beneficiaries
All members of communities in which we implement the project regardless of their religion, status, sex or race.

Focus Area
The areas of implementation are in Nyeri County and Laikipia County. The 1st phase of construction will be done in Karemeno, Mugunda, Gatarakwa, Mweiga, Mukurweini and Sirima which is in Laikipia County.
  1. Wet weather conditions
  2. Non-committed artisans
  3. Accessibility of bricks
  4. Beneficiary priorities following weather conditions either wet or dry
  1. Sought an alternative site-Muhotetu and already collecting bricks.
  2. Trained 32 artisans in May 2014.
  3. Agreed with the new artisans to have each construct 12 stoves per month till the end of the year, this interprets to 1728 stoves. This helps to hit the expected target.
  4. FO in consultation with the Kenyan team has already completed the Project Design Document – This gives us a clear guideline for project flow.
  1. Training of artisans in the community which has provided a skill.
  2. Reduction of carbon emission in households that have acquired a stove.
  3. Reduction of cost in fuel wood purchase in households that own the stove.
  4. Successful Kitchen Performance Tests.
  1. During KPT, most beneficiaries refused to go the 3 stone fire and waited for an explanation from the team.
  2. Most beneficiaries confessed having reduced the number of times they go to collect fire wood-this is evident in the baseline survey and results of KPT.
  3. Positive feedback from Fastenopfer on the successful KPT – it gave “hope” for project continuation and carbon offset.



Energy Saving Rocket Cook Stove.


  1. Emits Less Smoke, The Air Inlets Allow For The Circulation Of Air And The Fuel Wood Burns Effectively Thus Reducing Respiratory Related Diseases.
  2. Cooks Faster, The Technology It Uses Ensures That Heat Is Not Lost To The Sorrounding And It Is Directed At The Cooking Pot.
  3. Retains Heat For Longer Periods, The Technology It Uses Ensures That Heat Is Retained In The Stove.
  4. Safe; Reduces Fire Related Accidents In The Kitchen, Firewood Burns Inside The Combustion Chamber And The Fuel Magazine Holds The Firewood Making Sure It Does Burn Out Of The Stove.
  5. Hygenic; Reduces Cases Of Food Contamination. Ash And Dirt From The Kitchen Floor Cannot Contaminate The Food Since The Cooking Pot Is Enclosed.
  6. Easy To Clean And Maintain.
  7. Durable For 7 Years.