20 May '12, 6pm

The Real Story on Charcoal for African Cookstoves

The Real Story on Charcoal for African Cookstoves

Charcoal is used to cook meals in 95% of homes in Maputo – the highest income earners use pricier LPG. That’s approximately 178,000 households (each with around 5 members). The average family in Maputo spends $25/mo to buy charcoal, which is an annual spend of $53 million for one city’s habit. Maputo women use 10-12 coffee-can sized containers of charcoal for one day’s cooking. Monthly charcoal bills double for a woman with a recently weaned child, because she must heat up the stove to create gruel to feed him. Each of those coffee cans costs approximately .45c per can for those women who cannot afford to buy in bulk. At 12 or more cans a day, it can easily be the most expensive part of a family’s budget.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/05/story-charcoal-africa...

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