Why Samsung Electronics Is Delivering Eco-Friendly Stoves to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya

on February 1, 2018
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Local personnel will be hired to help distribute bioethanol stoves in Kenya



Samsung Electronics, in partnership with Rural Development Solutions, will deliver 10,000 bioethanol stoves to households in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.


  • Bioethanol stoves help replace charcoal fuel to address climate change and local health issues while providing residents with economic sustainability
  • This effort adds to the 10,000 stoves already distributed in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city



Providing Residents with Cleaner, Safer, More Sustainable Way to Cook


  • The majority of households in Kenya currently use charcoal as fuel to cook
  • When burned, charcoal produces toxic fumes and leads to serious air pollution
  • Broad use of charcoal leads to excessive harvesting of trees, accelerating deforestation
  • Bioethanol is a byproduct of sugar production which makes it a cheaper, more sustainable source of fuel
  • Use of more bioethanol, which is six times more energy efficient than charcoal, will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions





  • Haengil Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Environment, Health and Safety Center, Samsung Electronics: “We hope this project helps refugees in Kenya in a meaningful way. Samsung Electronics will continue to carry out its responsibility as a corporate citizen with more such initiatives.”
  • Burton Wagacha, Senior Public Health Officer and Technical Coordinator, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): “These cook stoves will help improve the quality of living for many refugees. We look forward to continue partnering with Samsung Electronics in more initiatives.”


Eco-friendly cook stoves will help address climate change and improve the health and safety of the residents while providing them with economic sustainability.


Bioethanol sells for 100 Kenyan Shillings, or about one U.S. Dollar, per liter. A one-liter bottle would last five to six days for the average household.


Charcoal costs about 20 Kenyan Shillings, roughly 0.20 U.S. Dollars, per kilogram. Kenyan households use about 2 kilograms a day


Charcoal, the most popular fuel for stoves in Kenya, is a key factor that contributes to air pollution


Patricia Kingori, Senior Manager, Samsung Electronics (right), and Charles Sunkuli, Principal Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Enviroment, demonstrate how to use bioethanol stoves to organizations partnering in the bioethanol stove initiative in Kenya

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