We build stoves in Kenya in co-operation with the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, a non-profit organization manageing a protection area. The protection area covers roughly 365 km2 and lies a few kilometers west of Nanyuki, the capital city of the Laikipia district not far from Mount Kenya.
Ol Pejeta manages an extensive development program for the surrounding communities, a program which now also includes building stoves for the local households.
The tried and tested construction of the Nepal clay stove is suitable for the Kenyan kitchen without modification. However the mechanical wear caused whilst preparing Ugali is much greater than the wear we see in Nepali kitchens.
To increase the strength, we therefore install components made of baked clay. The combustion chamber is formed by a cylinder of fired clay. It absorbs the mechanical loads of the directly heated pot.
First pilot "Nepal-stoves" were built in the communities around Ol Pejeta in 2013. The compact stove with two cooking plates proved suitable for different ethnic communities.
We closed 2013 with the first training for ten local stove-makers in Ol Pejeta. Our most experienced stove-maker and trainer from Nepal, Bel Bahadur Tamang, lead the training. After two weeks of theoretical and practical training the the graduates were ready to start work in their home communities.
Village meetings were held with the newly-qualified stove-makers. In these meetings the advantages of the new stoves and the offer of the "Ofenmacher" were explained and discussed.