Kenyan social enterprise Mukuru Clean Stoves has been awarded $1.2 million as the 2022 winner of the Earthshot Prize. The prize, which was founded by Prince of Wales, recognizes innovative solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
Mukuru Clean Stoves designs, produces, and distributes affordable and reliable cookstoves for low-income households. The company was founded in 2017 by CEO Charlot Magayi, who was inspired to create a solution to a problem she had experienced personally.
“Mukuru Clean Stoves began as a solution to a problem that I had felt personally in my own life. Today, we have an opportunity to transform the lives of millions, with cheaper, safer, and more sustainable cookstoves and fuels. It is a privilege to be recognized by The Earthshot Prize as we embark on the next step in our journey,” said Magayi.
The Earthshot Prize, which is modeled after President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot challenge, seeks to discover and support solutions that will help the world achieve a stable climate by 2030. Each year, five winners are chosen for their innovative solutions to environmental challenges in the categories of Protect and Restore Nature, Clean our Air, Revive our Oceans, Build a Waste-free World, and Fix our Climate
The other wining solutions are:
- Protect and Restore Nature: Kheyti, India – A pioneering solution for local smallholder farmers to reduce costs, increase yields and protect livelihoods in a country on the frontlines of climate change.
- Revive our Oceans: Indigenous Women of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia – An inspiring women led program that combines 60,000 years of indigenous knowledge with digital technologies to protect land and sea.
- Build a Waste-free World: Notpla, United Kingdom – A circular solution creating an alternative to plastic packaging from seaweed.
- Fix our Climate: 44.01, Oman – Created by childhood friends who have developed an innovative technique to turn CO2 into rock, and permanently store it underground