DB Schenker has joined forces with BURN Manufacturing for a social project that will supply modern, commercial cookstoves to the Muungano Wa Wajane women’s group in Kenya.
Muungano Wa Wajane supports widows across various Kenyan communities, where it helps enhance women’s rights, supports entrepreneurship, and helps women grow their businesses.
Working in cooperation with BURN, DB Schenker – a successful, global logistics and supply chain management firm that has been strongly established in Kenya for more than 50 years – is supplying and managing the distribution of the eco-friendly cookstoves for this project.
“The partnership with BURN is a true reflection of part of DB Schenker’s purpose – advancing businesses and lives. With this project, we are able to combine our strong logistics expertise in Kenya with our aim to support local communities. By providing eco-friendly cooking equipment to single women entrepreneurs, we support the sustainable development of businesses and the society.” said Thomas Ruelke, Chief Commercial Officer, DB Schenker Middle East & Africa.
“With the Jikokoa Pro commercial stove, the Muungano Wa Wajane women entrepreneurs will now save about $41/month through reduced fuel costs and enjoy improved health benefits,” said Nimo Nyambura, BURN’s Communications Officer.
Indoor pollution is one of the biggest causes of death in Africa, where an estimated 500,000 people die annually from respiratory diseases related to indoor cooking pollution from the use of rudimentary traditional stoves. The adoption of clean cooking stoves from companies like BURN offers more environmentally friendly and sustainable cooking alternatives to such vulnerable groups.
Manufactured in Kenya, BURN’s clean cookstoves reduce fuel use by more than half compared to traditional cooking methods, such as open fires. BURN has sold more than 1 million of its stoves in Africa, effectively impacting the lives of more than 6 million individuals.
With a solar-powered facility that employs more than 400 people—60% of whom are women—the company has saved more than 4.5 million tons of wood and significantly reduced carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while helping users save millions of shillings in reduced fuel costs.