ECOTRUST this year achieved CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) and Gold Standard accreditation under the Improved Cook Stoves for East Africa (ICSEA) Programme of Activities (PoA) which recently added a new methodology to allow the organization to earn more carbon credits for its beneficiaries by shifting from a dependence on non-renewable biomass fuel to the use of renewable biomass as their primary source of fuel . This will enable community members access the Mayi Sitovu – energy efficient stoves at a subsidized price. A percentage of the money generated from the sale of these carbon credits will go into a Community fund for development purposes.
Distribution of the Mayi Sitovu’s is under way and already there is much enthusiasm about the stoves. ECOTRUST will actively market, distribute, track and maintain these Improved Cook Stoves (ICS). The distribution target for 2017 is 5,000 cook stoves. Overall, the use of these Improved Cook Stoves in households will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by ensuring access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy sources.