Mukuru Clean Stoves, a clean energy startup providing alternative energy sources to low-income earners in Kenya’s informal settlements has been crowned the winner of the second-annual Earthshot Prize, taking home £1 million($1.2M) in cash prize.
Mukuru Clean Stoves, which was founded by Charlot Magayi in 2017 uses processed biomass made from charcoal, wood and sugarcane. This burns cleaner, creating 90 per cent less pollution than an open fire and 70 per cent less than a traditional cookstove. They are cheaper too selling at around $10, thus reducing the cost of fuel costs by half for the users.
This year’s Earthshot Prize attracted more than 1000 applications from around the world with 15 finalists from 10 countries chosen through a selection process supported by an expert advisory panel.
The alternative energy company was hailed for providing an alternative energy source with cleaner-burning stoves, helping to reduce unhealthy indoor pollution and provide a safer way to cook in Africa where 700 million people use solid fuel to cook on open fires and cookstoves that emit toxic chemicals and lack safeguards
“We have an opportunity to transform the lives of millions, with cheaper, safer and more sustainable cookstoves and fuels,” said Magayi. “It is a privilege to be recognized by the Earthshot Prize as we embark on the next step in our journey.”
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