Upenergy's improved cookstove project in Uganda

  • 7. Affordable Clean Energy
  • 13. Climate Action

UpEnergy’s stoves replace primarily the traditional three-stone fires. Since it was founded, UpEnergy has served over 125,000 Ugandans. The environmental impact is considerable, with 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided and over 120,000 trees saved thus far. The households we serve save several hours per day through reduced time needed for cooking and fuel collection, and those who purchase fuel save $72 per year.

Perhaps the most compelling impact on the individual level comes from the income generating opportunities we offer our retailers and sales agents. For example, Aaron Okello is a motorcycle taxi driver turned stove salesman whose life was completely transformed due to income from working with UpEnergy. Aaron was able to relocate his wife and three children from northern Uganda to the city, rent suitable housing for the entire family, and pay school fees for all of his children, an important step towards recognition and respect in his culture. Another example, Richard, who was previously a market vendor in East Africa’s largest open-air market, has seen his life change not only from a financial perspective but from a personal perspective also. 

Project impacts and benefits:

  • 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided
  • Over 120,000 trees saved thus far
  • 19,133 stoves distributed to date
  • The project saves families $72 per year in fuel costs
“I am so happy since now I am like a teacher in my community. I help people by providing them with stoves that save firewood and by teaching them about their benefits. ”
RICHARD, UpEnergy Salesman