There are two ways to make a cookstove. The modern (and expensive) method is in a factory with hydraulic pressing to cut, bend, and shape steel plus welders to connect steel and powder coating to prevent rust. This path costs millions of dollars to set up, and the stoves produced retail for tens of dollars in price. The other way is for artisans to make the stoves, one at a time, using little...
Obamastove is unique in the cookstove market. A for-profit company that has scaled to manufacture and sell over 400,000 cookstoves without any grants or big investments. The best selling stove in Ethiopia (and neighboring countries), unsubsidized, profitably.
What sets the “Obama” stove apart from the hundreds of other stoves in Africa is how well it works for customers:
- The quality of the build. Lasts for years.
- The efficiency. Burns half as much charcoal per meal.
- The price. Retails for US$7, a payback in <45 days.
Ethiopians know a good deal when they see it. They have to, as even at US$7, that can be a week’s income.
And see the only artisanal cookstove company at scale manufacture cookstoves: