Result 5 Five Testing Agencies are operational as independent Quality Label’s provider of the ICS

Two new test labs were established in 2013, bringing the total number of operational labs to four: one at RENMI under MoST in Vientiane, one at DST in Savannakhet, one at the ICS office in Savannakhet and one at the ICS office in Champasak.  The first official stove testing lab under MoST, at DST in SVK, was opened on April 29 following an intensive period of training and securing of funding; and the lab under RENMI in Vientiane was opened on 21st of June 2013.

Result 4: Access to the clean and fuel efficiency

Over the past year, the programme has also incorporated the development of optimal stove dimensions for smaller designs, resulting in prototypes PTT4.1, PTT4.2, PTT5, which are currently undergoing testing.  A wood ICS is also under development and will be tested in the first quarter of 2014.

Result 3: Lao Women’s Union take role as an effective Promotional Partner

Lao Women’s Union (LWU) in Savannakhet and LWU in Champasak have signed cooperation agreements with ARMI to be involved with the ICS programme.  The programme is also liaising with the national LWU and the provincial LWU in Vientiane to secure their involvement in the programme.

In Savannakhet, the ICS team and LWU promoted the ICS at markets during public festivals in eight districts.  The retailers were involved in the promotional activities in order to build their capacity in selling ICS and recording sales details.  Cooking demonstrations by LWU proved to the audience the benefit of using ICS compared to traditional stoves.  During the demonstrations alone, 190 stoves were sold.

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