Low Smoke Stoves Project (LPG)

Project overview

A pilot LPG project began in North Darfur six years ago as a replication of the methodologies of Kassala project in partnership with local civil society organizations, WDAs, and other partners. They worked with the internally displaced community in Kassala State to identify appropriate cooking technologies that reduce indoor air pollution using participatory approaches discussions, demonstrations and knowledge sharing.

Therefore, Practical Action and its partners WDAN in north Darfur have developed a sustainable, non-subsidized mechanism to allow households switch to LPG use. This is showing very positive results and Low Smoke Stoves Project (LPG) in North Darfur has now become the first accredited carbon credit project in Sudan and for Practical Action.

Project objectives

  • Reduce pressure on dwindling forest resources in Darfur and North Darfur in particular
  • Raise the awareness of El Fasher residents on the negative health and environment impacts caused by excessive use of fuelwood
  • Reduce indoor air pollution in the kitchen thereby improving the health of women and children below five years
  • Train households on the efficient use and safety of LPG
  • Promote widespread use of LPG as cooking fuel in El Fasher by removing barriers
  • Facilitate poor households access to LPG through microfinance credit system, revolving fund
  • Build the capacity and enable WDAN to run a sustainable LPG microfinance credit system

Project goals

  • Improve the livelihood of poor families and poverty alleviation through switching to clean energy source, LPG, for cooking purposes.
  • Reduce indoor air pollution caused by smoke emission from burning firewood thereby improve the health and quality of life of women and children below five years.
  • Contribute to environment conservation by reducing pressure on dwindling forest resources in N. Darfur

Target group / beneficiaries

The target group for this project is very poor and poor households of Elfasher Town. This sector constitutes about 70% of total households in El Fasher, ie. 19,953 households. The estimated present LPG use penetration in El Fasher is only around 10%.

The nominal target group for the project is the poor households of El Fasher town, due to reasons of finance and management capacity, the project could only plan to initiate access for 1,200 households per year or 3,600 household during three years of its course.

Lubna Ahmed Hossain, is a 45 year old mother whose life has changed beyond recognition.

“Before the LPG stove I used wood and the traditional three stone fire to cook. This method of cooking affected our health. We had chest infections, coughs. I never allowed my children to come into the kitchen while I was cooking.

“The LPG stove is much faster and much cleaner. The conditions in my kitchen are so much better and we don’t have the same health problems anymore. No coughs or anything. I don’t have to fear for my children’s health. I feel free. We feel safe, happy comfortable. Because the stove is so efficient I also use it to make foods that I can then sell at market to earn a bit more money for my family. The stove is making our lives better. It’s amazing how just one small change can make such a huge difference.”

(Note: image shows an improved LPG stove, but is not related to this case study)

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