Potential Energy is a pioneer in promoting cleaner cookstoves. They started as a free stove distribution model but are now a market-based wholesaler and retailer. This transition was motivated by their desire to build and support regional markets for the long term by enabling local entrepreneurs to earn revenue from sales of the product. To date they have sold or distributed 50,000 improved cookstoves in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and India.
Their Berkeley Darfur Stove uses 66% less fuel than open fires and emits 77% less smoke. They partner with local communities to distribute their stove which is designed specifically for the needs of the Darfuri people — and the stove saves money, creates jobs and is healthier for both people and planet. In Uganda they offer stoves to women through partner organizations, where stoves are offered on installment models. These models require very little upfront cost, removing the biggest barrier to getting a cleaner, more affordable stove.
Additional examples of low-cost and ecologically-friendly cooking success stories can be found in the Ecological Handprints eBook.