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Promoting the use of clean cookstoves in Peruvian Andean communities for better health and a better environment

Dec 4, 2014

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, recently approved a technical assistance grant of US$ $ 899,420 for a project with World Vision Peru that will support the sale and distribution of clean cookstoves to at least 7,500 poor and low income families in Peru and test a model for reinvesting carbon credit revenue back into the communities.

The intended impacts of the project include reductions in health risks associated with air quality in poor and low-income households in Peruvian Andean communities and reductions of 22,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions from traditional cookstove usage.

In Peru, nearly 29 percent of households rely on firewood or dung as their primary cooking fuel. Despite major efforts to expand the adoption of clean cooking technologies in Peru by the government, private sector, and NGO community, major barriers and challenges remain to scaling up such efforts. Traditional cookstoves are cheaper to build, there is a low level of awareness about the damage traditional cookstoves have on health and the environment, and the programs that have attempted to distribute and sell improved cookstoves have varied substantially in their adoption rates and in how well the stoves are used and maintained by the owners.

The project will work on strengthening the supply of clean cookstove services and products, assessing the supply chain for cookstoves and stove components, and training cookstove MSMEs and local stove technicians in installation, proper use, and maintenance. In addition, the project will create and test a carbon finance tool using the methodology of the Gold Standard Foundation,a globally-recognized organization based in Switzerland that develops carbon offset standards that measure and independently verify CO2 reductions. This part of the project will seek to reduce barriers faced by smaller players in the implementation of clean cookstove programs by creating easier-to-use tools and processes for carbon finance. The tools will aim to address the issues and barriers surrounding the complex calculations and high transaction costs tied to carbon finance and enable better decisionmaking and project selection.

This project will have a total budget of US$ 1,518,700, of which the MIF will contribute US $ 899,420 and World Vision Peru US$ 619,280.

About the MIF

The Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, is funded by 39 donors and supports private sector-led development benefitting low-income populations and the poor - their businesses, their farms, and their households. The aim is to give them the tools to boost their incomes: access to markets and the skills to compete in those markets, access to finance, and access to basic services, including green technology. A core MIF mission is to act as a development laboratory - experimenting, pioneering, and taking risks in order to build and support successful micro and SME business models. More information at

About World Vision Peru

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. They serve close to 100 million people in 96 countries around the world, and employ over 40,000 staff. World Vision Peru (WVP), a non-profit national office of the World Vision global partnership, will lead implementation of the project, undertaken in conjunction with World Vision Australia (WVA). 
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