The case study illustrates the implementation of two solar ovens in the outskirts of the second largest city of Burundi, Gitega. The solar bakery project aims to create sustainable jobs and lead to empower women entrepreneurs. This initiative reduces their vulnerability to the poverty they face.
Another objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.
The solar bakery project is an initiative designed by the R20 and CIRID (Independent Centre for Research and Initiative for the Dialogue) to provide two solar ovens to a small bakery employing 13 women marginalized in their communities. The funding for this project was supplied by R20 through a grant from the Partnership of Energy and Environment of the Eastern and Southern Africa (EEP S&EA).
Before the arrival of solar ovens, bakery was working with the firewood to produce bread. The bakers were exposed to large amounts of smoke endanger their health. Moreover, the already high price of wood continued to increase. These cost increases have forced bakers to close temporarily and eventually relocate in a more favorable area.
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Burundi became more vulnerable to droughts, floods and landslides.
Poor socioeconomic conditions hamper Burundi's ability to fight against climate change.
Wood is the most consumed energy resource.
The innovations on renewable energy (solar, wind, biogas) are
Hydroelectric power is a promising energetic source.
The implementation of solar technology would be beneficial and effective.
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R20 & CIRID
Once the solar ovens were installed in the new bakery, bakers followed a course of two weeks training on the use of ovens, on trade management (accounting, planning, strategy, etc.) and on marketing .
All bakers then elect a baker who is in charge of bakery management, which monitors and controls sales and expenses. The CIRID team also collects data and monitor progress.
The project partners, the R20 and the CIRID, involved the bakery early on organizing participatory consultation meetings to identify their needs and to communicate the plans of the new solar bakery. Regular meetings with the beneficiaries allowed the partners to find answers to their concerns as they arise.
- Renewable energies
- Low-carbon materials/ infrastructure
The technology used is called "Villager Sun Oven", manufactured by a company based in the US, called "Sun Oven International". The Villager Sun Oven is designed with the following characteristics: resistance and easy use. Its large capacity is able to adapt to changing weather in swivel to face the sun. It is also accompanied by a propane storage system that can be used in case of rain. In other words, the oven can be used whatever the weather. The furnace is mounted on a trailer, making transportation easy and folding reflectors allow storing it safely.