Emerging Cooking Solutions Zambia
TIER-4 CLEAN COOKING WITH PAYGO
This project will take clean cooking to scale in Zambia by switching 20,000 households from charcoal to waste biomass pellets. Clean cooking subscriptions for the domestically-produced pellets will be sold together with high-end, Tier-4 Mimi Moto cooking stoves. SupaMoto’s best-in class Z-stove will be offered as an alternative for lower-end customers. The stoves have an integrated, cloud-connected smart card, allowing subscriptions to be pay-as-you-go (PAYG) with mobile money. The company’s current pellet production factory will be upgraded substantially to meet increased demand. EEP Africa financing will derisk the project and prove the commercial model at scale.
Outcome and Impact
The project will provide peri-urban households with a high-performing and affordable alternative to charcoal. Production capacity of the biomass pellets will increase to 1,500 tonnes per month. Each stove that replaces charcoal with sustainably-produced biomass pellets mitigates 4 tonnes of CO2e per year, resulting in a total of more than 80,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions avoided annually. Customers with a 24-month subscription will save approximately EUR 50 per year and significantly improve household health. The project will also create close to 100 new jobs.