Improved Cook Stoves Programme Congratulates Prize Winners!

In nearly every Lao kitchen, families use stoves burning charcoal or wood for cooking.  Unfortunately, many stoves are poorly designed, with low efficiency. In partnership with SNV, Oxfam, Blue Moon Fund and ARMI, the European Union finances the Improved Cook Stoves (ICS) programme to improve efficiency and durability of cook stoves on the market in Laos. This action operates under the European Union’s SWITCH-Asia programme, which is to promote economic prosperity and help reduce poverty in Asia by encouraging a sustainable growth with low environmental impact from industries and consumers.

 

The programme works closely together with the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Lao Women’s Union, and with local producers and retailers to implement their programme. It aims to develop the cook stove market through a value-chain approach, improving the market and its enabling environment. 

 

The ICS programme in Laos has successfully set new standards for cook stove design, introduced innovative production methods, and imposed quality control measures.  Three test laboratories have been set up under the Ministry of Science and Technology to check stove quality, and conduct research and development.  Newly designed cook stoves save 25% in fuel compared to traditional stoves, providing economic benefits to consumers.  Demand is very high, making the stoves profitable for producers. Between 2013 and mid-2014, already 14,500 stoves were distributed.

 

Last month, ARMI organized an ICS multi stakeholder meeting in Pakse.  At this event, a lucky draw took place among ICS customers who had left their name on raffle coupons after purchase.  This exciting lottery is an added incentive for purchasers of Improved Cook Stoves.  The lucky grand prize winner is Ms. Chit of Salavanh District, who was pleased to receive a bicycle.  The second and third prize winners were Ms. Maa of Ban Sidamduan, Chamthabury District and Ms. Viengson, of Ban Donokhum, Sisatanark District , winning a water boiler and rice cooker at a prize giving ceremony on Friday, October 17. The prizes were proudly presented by Ms. Pheng, representative of Lao Women’s Union from Chamthabury District, Ms. Khamven, representative from Lao Women’s Union of Sisattanark District and Mr. Ignacio Oliver Cruz, attaché for Development Cooperation the European Union Delegation to Lao PDR.

The goal of the ICS lottery is twofold, both providing the programme with valuable consumer data to improve production and marketing, and also rewarding customers for their investment in the new product.  

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