“Solar Cooking KoZon is doing terrific work”, “Thank you for offering this webinar” and “Great webinar”. Just a few comments at the end of the Solar Cookers International (SCI) webinar and Solar Cooking KoZon, on August 30th. It was indeed a success. More than 60 participants from all parts of the world (including India, South Africa, Iran, Mexico, USA and Bolivia) participated in the webinar and asked a lot of questions. Using a PowerPoint presentation, we showed two successful companies in integrated solar cooking (ISC) one in Uganda and one in Mali.
Mukasa (on the right) explains the parabolic cooker to Seydou Coulibaly, director of the Togo Tilé project in Mali.
Mukasa Kawesa, Director of Solar Connect Association (SCA), our project partner in Uganda, has been admitted to the Solar Cookers International Association. This Association is an elite group of academics, decision-makers, designers, producers, businesses, innovators, lawyers, humanitarians, environmental experts and NGOs that promote solar cooking worldwide.
The NGO ANCEDA has provided extensive information on ISC and RET in the Arsi Negele region. A business plan / project plan is currently being developed.
Solar Cooking KoZon has since 2007 been supporting Solar Connect Association (SCA) in Uganda. SCA is an ISC enterprise with social objectives (social business) that takes care of the production, marketing and sale of solar and other energy-saving cooking appliances. This ISC / RET business has been financially independent since 2014.
Togo Tilé started in 2014 as a business-oriented enterprise. Production, marketing and sale of CooKits, hay baskets and Solar Boxes are doing very well. Solar Cooking KoZon is supporting the project during two years.
Once or twice a year, ISC training sessions are held for handicapped persons. In these cases, the participants do not pay the actual price for the cooking tools but only a symbolic amount.
In Mopti, five Bella women have been trained in holding ISC training sessions and in the production of CooKits and hay baskets. They will themselves take care of the production, marketing and sale.
In Timbuktu as well as in Bamako, ADRIM takes care of the promotion and sale of CooKits, but in particular of hay baskets.
AEDS takes care of promotion and training sessions. They make their own cooking appliances. Last year Kozon financed a simple sales and storage area. They now operate as a business.
DLM combines promotion and training with literacy classes.