Baker Stove: An Energy Efficient Cookstove for the Developing World

A truly sustainable efficient cookstove that allows its users to improve their health and preserve the environment while maintaining their cultural identity.
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Lucas Belenky
Technology
Nairobi
Kenya
1 Team Member

About The Baker Stove Campaign

Baker Stove is a product by Top Third Ventures Ltd, a company registered in Kenya, run by a locally based team and a vast network of professionals around the world dedicated to empowering women in the developing world.

The majority of women in the developing world prepare food and purifiy water on a technology called a three-stone fire. It is basically three rocks that support a pot with a open fire in the middle. This cooking style is very inefficient and leads to many environmental and health problems.

A woman in Kenya cooking with a three-stone fire
A woman in Kenya cooking with a three-stone fire.

The Baker Stove replaces the traditional three-stone fire. Since the three-stone method has been in use for thousands of years, to be succesul the Baker Stove must allow the user to keep their cultural traditions and way of life intact. To achieve this, we conducted thousands of hours of fieldwork, research, and socioeconomic studies in Kenya alone to understand these women, their circumstances, local food, and how it is cooked.

But we will not not stop there. Accross the developing world there are inumerous cultural differences between countries and communities and Top Third Ventures will achieve a truly sustainable solution by modifying our Baker Stove designs for each.

The Claesson Koivisto Rune design team in Stockholm
The Claesson Koivisto Rune design team in Stockholm.

The Baker Stove Campaign seeks to raise funds to further its dream of providing women in developing countries with an energy efficient cookstove solution to the three-stone fire problem.

Your contribution to this campaign will catalyze our social impact venture, enabling the widespread production of Baker Stoves to improve the lives of millions of women, reduce deforestation, boost the local economies, and combat climate change.

Baker Stoves on the factory floor in Nairobi
Baker Stoves on the factory floor in Nairobi.

The Baker Stove

Indoor air pollution kill 4 million people every year. This is more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. The high thermal efficiency rating of the Baker Stove allows women to cook with only a third of the wood they used to use and in much less time. This saves lives because less wood means less smoke. The Baker Stove not only achieves impressive technical performance, it also has excellent usability and cultural adaptiveness.

NEMA endorsement of Baker Stove

Finally, Baker Stove is an aspirational product. The aesthetic aspect of the design was added by the world-renown Swedish architectural/industrial designer trio Claesson Koivisto Rune. Watch the video detailing the product design process here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQt5cu0c79w

Baker Stove is also 100% locally manufactured, contributing greatly to the local economy and manufacturing sector. To learn more about the production process, watch this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0no8yITISM

The Baker Stove technical specifications are shown below:

• Thermal Efficiency - 32 %

• Wood Savings - 69%

• Reduced Particulate Emissions - 38 %

• Reduced Carbon Monoxide Emissions - 56 %

• 7-year product guarantee

University of Nairobi Baker Stove Efficiency Certificate

The first Baker Stove store opened on March 29th, 2013 in Kenya, specifically in Laikipia county, just outside Nyahururu. Currently, the store is selling Baker Stoves faster than our facilities in Nairobi can produce them. Here is a link to a video showing our sales and impact:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uG9X5Gbf8DU

What We Need & What You Get

The first 250 Baker Stoves are being produced as you read this, and are selling in our Baker Store everyday.

A customer leaving the Baker Store with her new efficiency cookstove
A customer leaving the Baker Store with her new efficient cookstove.

If interested investors see 1,000 products sold, they will join us to sell millions of Baker Stoves across the developing world.

This campaign is raising $30,000 to close the gap, i.e. produce and sell another 750 Baker Stoves. The money is 100% dedicated to covering production costs.

This is a fixed funding campaign; if we do not raise $30,000, the money is returned to the funders. If you help the campaign exceed its funding goal, you will ensure more women receive the Baker Stove faster.

Your contribution will not only help put a Baker Stove in the hands of an amazing woman in Kenya, it will catalyze a social impact business that will change the lives of millions of people. People who really deserve a change.

A Baker Stove Customer in Laikipia, Kenya
A Baker Stove Customer in Laikipia, Kenya

Other Ways You Can Help

Watch, like, and share Baker Stove videos detailing the design, production and, distribution of Baker Stove on our YouTube Channel:

http://youtube.com/topthirdventuresltd

Like us on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/bakerstove

Follow us on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/BakerStove

Add us on Google+

https://plus.google.com/u/0/109692522872564115283/posts

FAQs

1. Will the stoves be given away, and if not what is the sale price?

Stove bought under the "Buy A Stove" perk will be given to an individual in Kenya specified by the buyer of the perk. When the campaign is over (June 18th) we will contact everyone who has bought this perk to find the designated recipient. If the buyer does not have someone in mind, the stove will be given for free during a product promotion (i.e. every 10th buyer gets a free stove).

During normal business operations (what is happening every day) the Baker Stove retails for $59. If the customer provides us with socioeconomic data (the information presented in the customer of the day profile) they can buy at a discounted price of $29 with a 7-year guarantee.

2. What happens if you succeed?

When we sell the target 1,000 Baker Stoves, investors will begin a due diligence process leading to an investment around $500,000 to sell more Bakers and helps lots more people.

3. If you don't succeed the contributions are returned?

Yes. Our Indiegogo campaign is a fixed funding campaign. We do not receive any money unless the target $30,000 or more is raised. The money is only released when the campaign ends.

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$35,632USD
raised by 318 people in 2 months
119% funded
No time left
$30,000 USD goal
Fixed Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on June 18, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $2USD
    Change a Life

    Help improve the lives of people living on less than $2 a day and you will get a "Thank You E-mail" from the team.

    35 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $16USD
    Make some Time

    Women in the developing world spend 16 hours a week collecting firewood to cook. Help bring this down to 5, and get a "Web Mention" complete with your picture and short personal description. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention".

    55 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $39USD
    Prevent Passive Smoking

    Women who cook on a three-stone fire are exposed to air pollution which is equivalent to smoking about 39 cigarettes per day. Help them and get a "Profile of a Customer" who had access to a Baker Stove because of you. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer".

    19 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $55USD
    Buy a Stove (Extra Early Bird)

    Kenya is one of the 55 countries in Africa. "Buy a Stove" for someone in Kenya and improve their life. You can specify a person or village and we will deliver it, otherwise it will be given for free during a product promotion. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove".

    50 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $63USD
    Buy a Stove (Early Bird)

    Kenya became an independent state on June 1st, 1963. "Buy a Stove" for someone in Kenya and contribute to the growth of the country. You can specify a person or village and we will deliver it, otherwise it will be given for free during a product promotion. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove".

    47 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $77USD
    Buy a Stove

    Women in Kenya carry and use 77 kilos of firewood every week! "Buy a Stove" for one of them and make their life easier. You can specify a person or village and we will deliver it, otherwise it will be given for free during a product promotion. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove".

    17 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $228USD
    Save a Life

    Every 30 minutes 228 people die from indoor air pollution caused from cooking. Help make Baker Stoves available throughout Kenya and we will send you a "Thank You Video" featuring 5 happy customers. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove" and "Thank You Video".

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $699USD
    Empower 10 Rural Women

    Average annual income in Kenya is $700. Give 10 Kenyan women a boost by buying them the locally produced Baker Stove and you will "Own a Baker Stove" yourself! You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove" and a "Thank You Video" and "Own a Baker Stove".

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,940USD
    40 Stoves for Wangari Maathai

    Kenya's Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai fought hard against deforestation. Promote her vision and "Sponsor 40 Baker Stoves" in a village, town, or region of your choice. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove" and a "Thank You Video" and "Own a Baker Stove" and "40 Stoves for Wangari Maathai".

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $8,120USD
    See the Difference

    Want to "See the Difference"? A flight for two to Kenya to meet the team behind the Baker Stove, and our amazing customers. Cap it all off with a relaxing 2-day Safari, all expenses paid. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove" and a "Thank You Video" and "Own a Baker Stove" and "See the Difference".

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Top Sponsor (Company/Person)

    Sponsor 250 Baker Stoves in a village, town, or region of your choice, and become the "Top Sponsor" with a very special thank you on our website and a picture collage of the women receiving the Baker Stove. You will get a "Thank You E-mail" and a "Web Mention" and a "Profile of a Customer" and "Buy a Stove" and a "Thank You Video" and "Own a Baker Stove" and "Top Sponsor".

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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