Interest in integrated solar cooking is growing rapidly. This is illustrated by the sales of cooking appliances in 2015. In particular the two operations set up as businesses, Solar Connect Association (SCA) in Uganda and Togo Tilé in Mali, saw their revenue increase substantially. SCA has been working since 2007 with support from SCN and Wilde Ganzen and Togo Tilé started in 2014 with support from KoZon. SCA has since 2014 been fully independent financially for the production and sale of cooking appliances. Togo Tilé, started in June 2014, no longer needs support for its production and sales. Both businesses do receive support for further investments.
Solar Connect Association (SCA) Uganda
With sales of approx. 5,000 CooKits, over 2,500 hay baskets and more than 5,000 wood-saving cooking appliances and with a staff of 60, SCA is doing very well. Thanks in part to Wilde Ganzen, a new Renewable Energy Centre was opened in Mbarara in the past year. As of 2016 solar lamps and very small solar panels will be sold as well in Mbarara and Kampala. SCA is investigating which other energy-friendly appliances could be marketed best and be included in its range of clean energy cooking appliances. In the coming years great efforts will be made as well to expand the market into other regions in Uganda.
Togo Tilé, Mali
The Togo Tilé business near Segou in Mali started in June 2014. KoZon undertook to support the business during two years provided that it would be able to continue independently after that period. Of course sales figures are lower than those of the business in Uganda but with a staff of four plus a number of on-call production employees and saleswomen, two outlets in Segou, one in Bamako and one in Sikasso, Togo Tilé now reaches a monthly turnover of 2,000 Euro. This enables the business to run independently. The support still pledged until June 2016 (1,000 Euro every three months), is used by management for additional investments in transport and outlets in Mali.