The Problem: 1.4 billion people need a better way to cook
Despite decades of well-intentioned public programs, most households in low-income tropical nations continue to cook with wood and charcoal. This drives deforestation, leading to soil erosion, food insecurity and over 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Wood-based fuels are slow to use and their smoke is toxic, hurting women and children who are the primary users.
The Solution: Capex light infra with great front-end customer experience
KOKO’s solution rethinks every aspect of the problem, starting from the consumer experience and going back to the fuel used. We harness bioethanol, a renewable liquid fuel that is already produced at scale as a byproduct of sugar production in most tropical nations.
Our technology enables large fuel companies to easily source and handle bioethanol using facilities they already have for petrol, diesel and kerosene, and distribute the clean fuel to a network of KOKO bioethanol fuel dispensers. These smart fuel ATMs are placed inside thousands of small neighborhood shops by KOKO, enabling widespread fuel availability.
The Benefit: A sustainable, affordable, data-driven clean cooking network
Consumers learn about KOKO and purchase their Cooker from the shopkeepers. Affordability is enhanced through carbon finance, which recognizes the greenhouse gas emissions reduced from switching deforestation-based fuel with bioethanol. The Cooker comes with a reusable KOKO Canister, which uniquely identifies the customer when inserted into the KOKO ATM, and enables any amount of fuel to be purchase and carried home with zero extra packaging cost or waste.