Support Vulnerable Households, Cut Charcoal Spending And Reduce Deforestation In Ghana
Michael Yaw Agyei is a social entrepreneur addressing the issue of charcoal consumption and deforestation in Ghana. He founded Man and Man company with the aim of producing and distributing efficient cooking stoves to reduce the daily use of charcoal and the associated spending for vulnerable households.
Improved cookstoves halve fuel wood domestic consumption, decreasing dependence on a scarce resource, saving time and reducing the expenditure of fuel wood. Besides being one of the main cause of deforestation in Africa, cooking fuels release smoke emissions and their burden of disease associated with household air pollution and improves well-being, especially for women and children. Man and Man cookstoves programme has equipped 175,000 households to date, representing over a million beneficiaries. Over 60 permanent technical jobs are employed for the assembly of Man & Man cookstoves, including training and capacity development (besides numerous positions in marketing and distribution).