Around 550,000 people die annually from respiratory diseases related to indoor cooking in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Nearly half of the deaths are among children under the age of 5. By 2050, 1.8 billion in SSA will cook with biomass. Urban reliance on charcoal will from 162 million to 352 million people in that time. In SSA, approximately 90% of the rural households and 50% of urban households relies on wood and charcoal. 52% of SSA’s forest loss is caused by unsustainable biomass harvesting.
Burn Manufacturing Ltd. (“BURN”) is a leading developer, manufacturer, and distributor of clean cookstoves in sub-Saharan Africa. The current cookstove brands are Jikokoa, Jikokoa Xtra, and Kuniokoa, which include both charcoal and wood/biomass cookstoves. The company plans to expand its stove offerings in different fuels, such as sustainable biomass and electric cooking, as well as accessories to our current products.
Peter Scott (CEO/Founder): Peter has more than 19 years’ experience in cookstove design and commercialization in the developing world. He has received an Ashden Award and was chosen as a Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. Boston Nyer (CIO/Founder): Boston's role has ranged from business strategy to managing the Jikokoa development & factory launch. Leif Chr. Haerum (CFO): Leif took the Lidl Norway from startup to 1,000 employees with a turnover of $350 million.