Solar Cooking
Last edited: 28 May 2024      
Ecomandate logo, 3-31-22
Ecomandate solar workshop Kakuma refugee camp, 3-9-21

Ecomandate solar cooking festival at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in 2018 Photo credit: Ecomandate

Ecomandate Foundation is a Community Based Organization registered in Kenya with objective of research, identification and promotion of adoption of sustainable fuel options in East Africa. Ecomandate is emerging at a time when the need for sustainable energy solutions for climate change mitigation is paramount. Ecomandate is helping societies move a step closer to achievement of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - from the Ecomandate website

Solar Cookers International began partnering with the Ecomandate Foundation in late 2018 at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, to bring solar cooking to Kakuma families. Ecomandate brings experience, expertise, and knowledge of local customs and cooking habits to this effort. Ecomandate oversees the construction and distribution of solar cookers to residents. They implement training and follow-up to ensure successful continued use of the solar cookers. Over 1,900 Kakuma residents are now enjoying nutritious solar-cooked meals. From 2019 until mid-2022, 234 box solar cookers have been constructed in Kenya by residents, with locally sourced materials, for use by Kakuma families.

It is estimated that these solar cookers will avoid 5,229 metric tons of carbon dioxide over the cookers’ expected lifetime of 15 years. Solar cooking allows Kakuma residents to breathe cleaner air, drink safer water, and experience increased safety and opportunities for women and children. Efforts to increase the use of solar cookers continue in Kakuma and these impacts and figures will grow.

They manufacture the solar cookers using inexpensive and readily available materials at the foundation's assembly and distribution centers. Interested customers can review the solar cookers they have for sale at their online store

Ecomandate officers include co-founder and Logistics & Operations Manager Wilkinson Mwenda, and Sales & Communication Manager Cleophas Kosgel.

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See also: Online events and past events in Kenya


Kakuma cooker photo, 3-29-23

Woman examines an Ecomandate Foundation built solar box oven at the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Photo credit SCI

  • March 2023: Solar Cookers International in partnership with the Ecomandate Foundation - The organizations have implemented an ongoing solar cooking project at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Solar Cookers International emphasizes and applies best practices in project development and project monitoring and evaluation. Ecomandate Foundation brings hands-on construction, their local experience as part of the community, and familiarity with local customs, practices, and languages. Read more...

PEP cooker tested label 2, 1-13-21
  • March 2023: Ecomandate ULOG box cookers PEP tested - Results for the Performance Evaluation Process(PEP) testing for the ULOG solar box cookers assembled by Ecomandate members are now available. They produce the cooker in two sizes. See test results for the Standard and Family size models.

Reviewing the Haines 2

Distribution of the Haines 2.0 solar panel cooker in the Kithuia Village, Kenya in 2020 Photo credit: Ecomandate

  • 2017: Projects were also conducted at the Kiini Institute of Advanced Technology and at the University of Nairobi.

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  • 2017: Kakuma solar cooking festival

Kakuma refugee camp setting the pace in use of renewable energy

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