Tinder EcoFuels and Cookswell
We are excited to announce that Tinder EcoFuels has partnered with Cookswell Jikos. Our sustainable charcoal is now available for sale through the Cookswell Jikos website, retailing at 600 ksh for a 5kg bag.
Cookswell Jikos is a Kenyan, family-owned business which sells wood-fuelled stoves, portable convection ovens, BBQs, smokers, space heaters and improved (ceramic) charcoal making kilns. Cookswell Jikos are based on the traditional Kenyan Jikos, or stoves. These stoves were traditionally made from scrap metal, using rudimentary tools and scarce resources, and were a byproduct of the informal manufacturing sector. These were later developed by the late Dr. Max Kinyanjui, who in turn trained the artisanal producers of Cookswell Jikos stoves to develop high-quality, innovative ceramic lined Jiko stoves. These stoves are up to 50% more efficient than traditional metal stoves.
Cookswell Jikos advocates for the sustainable production, management and utilization of wood fuels as one of the many renewable energy resources for East Africa’s cooking needs. Together with Tinder EcoFuels, they are now able to offer our sustainable charcoal made from invasive tree species in Kenya, including Prosopis Juliflora. Prosopis Juliflora, locally known as Methange or Mesquite, encroaches upon valuable agricultural land and has invaded at least 1.2 million hectares in Kenya alone. Tinder EcoFuels is able to produce sustainable charcoal from this invasive species through the use of highly-efficient, modern and innovative retort systems, generating livelihoods for rural communities and decreasing greenhouse gasses while doing so.
Cookswell Jikos customers include upwardly mobile, affluent citizens and high end-restaurants and hotels who are drawn to the high-quality, reputable and branded products as alternatives to those more commonly offered in the informal sector. Our partnership with Cookswell Jikos thus presents a unique opportunity for these consumers to purchase our high-quality charcoal in the knowledge that their purchase contributes to environmental protection and regeneration.
This is of particular importance in light of the ongoing logging ban. The ban - implemented in Kenya in February - seeks to curb deforestation and was extended in May for a further 6 months. The ban has adversely impacted consumers of charcoal as well as those along the supply chain (through those involved in its production, distribution and vending it is thought that up to 2.5 million people in Kenya are dependent on charcoal sales), pushing up prices by more than 50%. Charcoal is used as the main domestic energy supply source for 82% of urban and 34% of rural households.
Tinder EcoFuels, alongside key industry players such as Cookswell Jikos, is committed to paving the way towards a clean, regulated and formalised charcoal industry, which meets growing charcoal demands while generating positive social and environmental impacts.
We look forward to continued success through this partnership and others to follow in the future.