Greetings from Portugal! I am representing Envirofit and speaking as a voice for clean cooking at the 2018 SE4ALL Summit in Lisbon.
The early results from our SmartGas™ pilot are in and the feedback from our customers so far has been amazing. Over the last 6 months we piloted the first few hundred SmartGas units in neighborhoods in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana. During initial canvasing we spoke with current LPG users and dedicated charcoal users from over 1,000 households and 100% of people we spoke with were interested in the SmartGas service, with 80% willing to sign up on the spot.
After 5 months of using Envirofit SmartGas, 99% of families reported that they would recommend it to friends and family. 97% expressed a desire to continue using the product post-pilot, stating it was convenient, saved money, saved time, and was safe to use. Results like this demonstrate that the usability and convenience of Envirofit’s Pay-As-You-Cook™ technology drives high rates of adoption, helping to make the case for LPG as an affordable, clean fuel. Learn more about the impressive capabilities of the SmartGas system in our story on nanofinance published in the World Economic Forum blog.
Cookstove sales have continued to flourish as Envirofit recently surpassed 1.6 million cookstoves sold, positively impacting over 8 million people. The first quarter has been our most successful Q1 on record – in fact we tripled our business performance over Q1 of 2017. Learn more in Envirofit’s latest 2018 product and services catalog.
The first quarter of 2018 has also seen Envirofit forge new partnerships and broaden existing ones to strengthen our biomass cookstove sales and distribution. In Kenya we’ve teamed up with wPOWERHub to help advocate for women’s empowerment in household energy. We’ve also increased the spotlight on the great work we’re doing in Honduras. Our partnership with the Honduran government’s FUNDEIH organization has put over 240,000 plancha stoves into homes throughout the country that reduce deforestation and lower exposure to Household Air Pollution. See our new webpage that highlights our efforts there over the last 6 years and counting.
Q2 is off to a great start and we are hard at work preparing for the June launch of the Envirofit SmartGas™ Business. Stay tuned for stories from the front of the revolution as we introduce the world’s first Pay-As-You-Cook™ service to an even larger audience.
Our ability to bring cutting edge technology to modernize kitchens and transform lives is unparalleled and continues to grow thanks to support from our investors and the diligent work of our partners at the last mile.