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Nigerian NGO, SMEFUNDS Reducing Indoor Air Pollution Through Clean Stoves

SMEFUNDS takes the fight to End indoor Air Pollution to New York Climate Summit.

Lagos, Nigeria, October 06, 2014 --( SMEFunds, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nigeria, has announced that its clean cook stoves programme will reach over one million women and households in Africa by 2015. The announcement was made during the ‘Indoor Air Pollution' event, organized on 25 September 2014, in New York, US, on the sidelines of the 2014 Climate Summit.

The event showcased activities aimed at preventing over 100,000 deaths occurring annually from household air pollution caused by smoke from open fires and traditional cook stoves in Nigeria. According to the organizers, over 20 million people in the country use firewood that accounts for 11% of families' food expenditure, and contributes to deforestation and indoor air pollution.

SMEFunds CEO Femi Oye described the role of the green technologies showcased at the event as “solutions to fighting Africa's greatest health and climate change threat in history.” The event served to demonstrate the ‘Kike Cook Stove,' which functions with ethanol gel fuel, thereby reducing time spent on collecting fuel wood and saving money.

According to the organizers, the announcement comes in response to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's call for “communities to work together towards developing and implementing projects and commitments that directly impact on our environment positively.”

SMEFunds, based in Lagos, Nigeria, works to end poverty in Africa through promoting safer and cleaner biofuel gel and cook stoves. Together with the Carbon Credit Network, SMEFunds works through the Kike Green Cook Stove programme, which focuses on spreading the use of clean cook stove technology as a substitute to charcoal, firewood and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in Africa.

The Carbon Credit Network, an enterprise division of SMEFunds, is a community of green entrepreneurs in Africa promoting the adoption of green technology and education around the green economy. SMEFunds is the first partner of the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) High-Impact Initiative for Sustainable Bioenergy in Africa.
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