The project provides access to clean drinking water for an estimated 1.7 million people across 312,000 households over 7 years. This project directly addresses several of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and especially to halve, by 2015, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation. It also integrates the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverses the loss of environmental resources; reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, combating disease, and ensuring environmental sustainability.
The project provides over 500 rural families with biogas digesters and vermicompost units (vermicomposting is the use of worms to break down organic waste into compost) so they can meet their energy needs through the methanisation of animal waste and the production of compost for farming. The bio gas digesters will replace the traditional inefficient firewood stove and reduce indoor air pollution.
The project aims to construct energy efficient cook stoves for rural communities in the former Siaya district in Nyanza Province, Kenya. The efficient cook stove is a biomass rocket stove designed for burning wood and consisting of two cooking units that can be separately fired. The stove is fixed and installed in households and reduces firewood consumption by approximately 40-50%. The efficient cook stoves are constructed using locally available materials, such as mud, bricks and sawdust. Local artisans are identified in the villages and trained in stove construction and household mobilization. An innovative village based group savings and loan scheme will be integrated to enhance affordability and access to stoves.
The project activity is a bundle of five red ceramic factories belonging to Grupo Tavares, a family business that owns several ceramic factories in the State of Ceará, Brazil. The project includes fuel switching and energy efficiency measures that will reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the substitution of non-renewable biomass for renewable biomass to generate thermal energy.