chad - solar cookers for refugee families

Since the war in Darfur, more than 200,000 Sudanese have fled to neighboring Chad. These refugees have sometimes been staying in refugee camps in the border region for more than 15 years. Cooking on an open fire is one of the many challenges that people face.

The camps are located in a very dry region where little wood is available. This creates conflicts between the local population and refugees who need the scarce wood for cooking. Women and children often have to travel long distances to get wood and they are regularly harassed, assaulted, abducted or, in the worst case, do not return at all.

To address this problem, the CooKit Solar Cooker was launched in 2005 in six refugee camps. The CooKit is a solar cooker that can be used for cooking with the help of solar energy. By using the CooKit women and children no longer have to leave the camp to get wood. This means a significant improvement in women's safety and a clean and healthy smoke-free method of cooking.

FairClimateFund has supported this project since 2019 by Gold Standard certifying the CO₂ savings resulting from reduced wood consumption. With the income from these certificates or carbon credits we ensure that the women in these camps can continue to cook with the CooKit in the future.

The total impact of the project


co2 reduction

x thousand tonnes of CO2 reduced



X thousand solar cookers are used



X thousand refugees (mainly women and children) helped

The project in detail

The CooKit is a solar cooker that can be used for cooking with the help of solar energy, which is abundant in Chad. The CooKit has a simple design and is made of cardboard and aluminum foil. Sunlight is reflected through the foil on a black-painted pan that is contained in a heat-resistant plastic bag in which the warm air circulates. The CooKits are manufactured locally in six workshops that are spread out over the camps. Every workplace is fully run by around 20 women. Every family receives 2 CooKits, a training for use and they are asked to make a personal contribution of 1000 francs (€1.50) as compensation for the work of the women in the studios.


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