Social Impact Project for User Studies & Data Management for Clean Cooking Solution in Uganda

How This Works

In the MovingWorlds Institute Global Fellowship, you will learn how to advance your for-good career while getting hands on experience on projects like this one.

Project Description and Impact

About Us:  Founded in 2007, our social enterprise based out of Kampala, Uganda and works to increase the adoption of improved cookstoves in developing countries, to alleviate poverty and protect the environment.

Background on the Problem:

Cooking on inefficient, traditional open fires is the leading environmental cause of death in the world.  Preparing 3 meals a day over an open fire – a common practice in the developing world – is the equivalent of smoking 200 cigarettes, every single day.  Yet, 3 billion people cook their daily meals over an open fire, creating pollution that kills 4.3 million people each year. Traditional fires waste fuel, contribute to deforestation, release carbon into the atmosphere, and waste money and time. In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is not uncommon for families to spend a large portion of their income – sometimes up to 30%, on cooking fuel, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.  


Our Berkeley Darfur Stove uses 66% less firewood, emits 77% less smoke, and saves 1-3 hours daily, or $.97/day as compared to cooking on an open fire. The stove was designed by users, and can fit a variety of saucepans, is easy to use, lightweight, affordable, properly aerated, and lasts 5-7 years. 

Why Alternative Solutions are Not Effective

Alternatives are either too small for an average family, too difficult to use, too heavy, too expensive, too smoky, or use clay that can easily break.

Impact to date:  Distributed 48,500 cookstoves in Africa impacting the lives of 291,000 people, saving 727,500 tons of carbon, $17 million in firewood expenses, and 1,824 hours.

Learning Opportunity

By participating in the MovingWorlds Institute, you will first learn social impact frameworks and human-centered design before putting your existing skills and new knowledge to action.In addition, this organization will expose you to new things, like:

How to excel in developing countries

How to grow an organization using sales

Leadership and interpersonal skills

Marketing to the base of the pyramid

Additional Benefits

Local expertise in tourism opportunities, outdoor and cultural activities

Assistance in finding housing and understanding local customs

Chance to work with a growing, innovative start up in the energy sector

Chance to help improve the lives of thousands of people!


This project accepts virtual experteers.

About the Hosting Organization

Potential Energy is a Non-profit working on Non-Profit.