Umeme Women’s Group Jiko Enterprise-Opening Day

As you may already know from previous blogs, over the last few months Carbon Zero Kenya have been busy implementing the Umeme Women’s Improved Cookstove project in West Kisumu. The 19th June marked an important landmark in the project lifecycle; the grand opening of the Umeme Women’s Cookstove Enterprise. Wycliffe Odumo, our regional coordinator based in Kisumu, mentioned that there was a real sense of excitement and commitment among the women and local community which bodes well for the success of the project.

DSC0240_The opening day of the Umeme Women’s Jiko Enterprise

With all the infrastructure now in place and after a week long training session, the stove production phase has taken off rapidly with over 20 stoves being produced each day.

DSC02903Fully assembled stoves undergoing a 5 day curing process before they are ready to be sold to the local community

Over the coming weeks more emphasis will be placed on sales and marketing, which will involve raising community awareness through demonstrations as well as broadcasting radio adverts in the local area.

CO-2-Banner-2The Official Stove enterprise Banner

Having visited the project first-hand earlier this year, it is remarkable to see how much progress has been made in such a short amount of time, which is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team in Kenya and the enthusiasm of the Umeme Women’s Group. Further updates will follow soon.

Successful CDM Site Visit


I had the pleasure of joining Moses, Virginia and our team of Community Project Officers to lead the 2nd monitoring period site visit for our CDM Programme of Activities (PoA) in Kenya.  We have two Component Project Activities (CPAs) under our PoA, one in Eldoret East and one in Mathira District; we had to show our Project Auditor around both CPAs to verify the emissions reductions from the 2 sites.  In all, we visited 40 households, all of whom were very happy with our stove and the Auditor confirmed that he was satisfied that the project was achieving the emissions reductions that we reported.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the smooth running of these site visits some 650 km apart and for making my stay in Kenya a pleasurable one as always.  Big shout out to Francis for his smooth driving and ingenious method of keeping up with the news on a windy day when you feel like standing up.