Letter from the CEO
Dear Friend of BURN,
Welcome to November 2019, the most exciting month in the history of the clean cookstove sector – or at least since I started in 1997!
In October, BURN sold more than 30,000 stoves and is on track to sell 40,000 stoves in November. Over half of these sales are of our “Kuniokoa”, the world’s most efficient natural-draft rocket stove.
Our 300+ person team has produced and sold 700,000+ stoves since 2013. These stoves are helping 3.5 million people experience unprecedented health and financial benefits, according to a new study conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago.
This independent study concluded that the “IRR for BURN customers is an order of magnitude higher than other energy-saving intervention” and that the “BURN Jikokoa is the single best investment with the highest return that a Kenyan household can make.
The findings from this study not only validate the benefits of our Jikokoa but will also help to change the global discourse on the viability of the improved cookstove sector.
This is a big week, not just for BURN, but for the entire sector, as ‘stovers’ from around the world will converge in Nairobi for the bi-annual Clean Cooking Forum. Come visit us on November 5th and 6th where will be presenting our current products, as well as a new institutional stove and the new Kuniokoa TURBO. The TURBO is the result of a partnership with the Bill Gates funded GlobalGood, University of Washington, and our 501(c)3 sister-entity, Burn Design Lab. This revolutionary forced-draft rocket stove reaches ISO/IWA Tier 4 with agricultural waste briquettes and near-Tier 4 levels with dry or wet wood.
In August this year, we launched our 1st significant capital raise to support expansion across the continent and we released a brand-new promo video to tell the BURN story. Click here to watch it. If this gets you excited, consider joining BURN to help bring biomass, electric, and liquid fuel stoves to Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.
And finally, thank you to everyone who supported our $100,000 crowd-funded loan on the KIVA platform last month. We met our target in 14 days thanks to your support!