Solar Cooking
Last edited: 18 January 2022      
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Dr. Minal Kabra is a dentist practicing in the Jalna district of Maharashtra, India. She had begun getting requests for a source of healthy snack options from the parents of her young patients. Discovering there were few products available, together with co-founder, Vaibhav Dugar, they decided to create a business to meet the need. That company is called Kivu, and they bake vegan sugar-free cookies.

They also saw the business as an opportunity to be able to help women in the local community be able to find employment as bakers, and benefit with a fixed percentage of the revenue.

Photo credit: Kivu

As of 2021, they have products in 72 stores in 18 cities. The business has several different cookie flavors available, all with no artificial ingredients, and there are plans to include a line of savory food items.

Kivu baker removes freshly baked cookies from a SUNWINGS evacuated tube style solar cooker Photo credit: The Indian Express

Considering which baking method would best benefit the environment, the company decided to use solar cookers for the production. Minal is married to Vivek Kabra, a long-time solar cooking advocate in the region. Kabra explained using solar energy for baking prevents five gm of CO2 for every cookie that otherwise would have been emitted from traditional fuel-fired ovens.


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