DelAgua: Rwanda Stoves Project


Project technology

Energy efficiency 

Household energy efficiency

August 2012 

Project type
Start of project

Key facts

The Project

The World Bank measured in 2016 that only 0.5% of Rwanda‘s 12.6 million inhabitants had access to clean fuels and technologies for cooking. Instead, people are heavily dependent on solid fuels and wood in particular, cooking on traditional open fires. This has a catastrophic impact on health, wellbeing and the environment. Women and children bear the brunt of cooking and tending the fire so they disproportionately suffer from the effects of smoke inhalation and it is women and girls who bear the burden of gathering firewood.


Extensive harvesting of wood has caused significant deforestation in Rwanda and so it can take up to 4 hours every day to gather sufficient fuel which means missing out on school and other more productive activities, perpetuating gender inequality. In addition, the problems of carbon emissions produced by inefficient fires and the impact on biodiversity and the environment caused by forest degradation underline the urgent need for a clean cooking solution. Our partner DelAgua aims to tackle these problems head on with its Rwanda Stoves Project.

Project standard


Emission reduction

1,28 mio. t
CO2e pa

The Rwanda Stoves Project is currently the largest stove distribution project of its kind in the world. The stoves not only reduce household air pollution and cooking times but also consume half as much wood as traditional cooking methods. The project works with the Rwanda Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health to employ community workers and involve them in distribution, household training and “after-sales” support programs.


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Sustainable Development

While focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, all our projects also generate multiple co-benefits. These are supportive of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

By supporting this project, you’ll contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals: 

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No poverty

The stoves use 50% less fuel, which in turn saves time. These financial and time savings improve general access to sustainable livelihoods and entrepreneurial opportunities. 

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Zero hunger

The ease and speed of cooking on the new stoves enables households to cook more food, which improves nutrition. Extra free time can be spent cultivating land and improving crop yields. 

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Good Health and Well-Being 

Less smoke reduces the occurrence of lung disease. Easy access to boiled water also reduces the risk of water borne diseases. The lack of open fires also reduces the risk of burns. 

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Quality Education 

As children spend less time collecting wood, they have better school attendance and improved education. Fuel cost savings can also be invested in school books.

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Gender Equality 

Women often spend much of their time gathering wood, tending the fire, and cooking. The new stoves provide women and girls with more time for work, education and socializing. They benefit most from the reduction in household air pollution. 

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Decent Work and Economic Growth 

Thousands of Rwandans benefit from employment and skills training, improving livelihoods and creating economic opportunities. Savings on fuel purchase can be spent, building the local economy. 

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Climate Action 

The stoves reduce carbon emissions due to a higher efficiency and 50% less wood is required. Now, only twigs and tinder are needed.

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Life on Land 

Reducing wood consumption also reduces deforestation, preserving crucial wildlife habitats. Rural communities can sustain themselves without encroaching onto forestry for firewood.

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