Prakti Design is a Finalist in the “Unreasonable Marketplace”: Support Us!

Prakti needs your support!

Prakti is a finalist for a fellowship to attend the 2012 “Unreasonable Institute” – an amazing opportunity to build relationships with potential investors, foundations and other social entrepreneurs. To receive a fellowship, we need to show that people believe in our mission. It’s not so much about how much money we raise as about how many people support us. Thus, the first round of contributions are priced at $10

With your support, Prakti can continue to produce the world’s leading fuel-efficient biomass cookstoves, tangibly improving the health, livelihood and environment of the poorest one half of the world’s population.

Please “vote” for Prakti by making a $10 contribution at the Unreasonable Marketplace. You can find out more about what Prakti is currently doing as well as about the competition and institute at the Unreasonable Marketplace. We’d also love to have your help in spreading the word to your friends and family – please “share” this post.

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Secretary Clinton meets stove designers on visit to Chennai, India

“Traditional wood- and coal-burning stoves are a leading cause of death for women and children in India, killing nearly 500,000 people a year.”

Prakti Design was one of four key cookstove designers and manufacturers to demonstrate their cleaner, healthier cookstoves to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who took time out of her busy schedule to underscore her commitment to bring fuel-efficient cookstoves to developing countries. Clinton also used the visit to announce that two major Indian trade Federations, FICCI and CII, had pledged their support for the cookstove initiative.

Ms Clinton meets with Charlotte, Anandan and Mouhsine (photo: US Consulate, Chennai)

Prakti set up two displays for the event:  a Portable Emissions Monitoring System demonstration, as well as a full complement of stoves, including four household and two institutional stoves.  Two cooks were on hand to do a ‘live’ demonstration of Prakti stoves by cooking a meal.  The event was also the ‘world premier’ of Prakti’s latest design:  a water heater and space heater module.

Prakti would like to thank Secretary Clinton and the representatives of the U.S. government for the opportunity to participate in this event. Additional information on Secretary Clinton’s visit can be found on the US Consulate’s website.

Prakti founder raising further awareness about improved cookstoves at the New African Connection conference, Oslo

Prakti founder and CEO Dr Mouhsine Serrar was invited by CARE to take part in the New African Connection Conference held in Oslo on June 21st and 22nd.

The conference was opened by his Royal Highness Crown Prins Haakon of Norway. Then a panel discussion took place featuring Kofi Annan, Ted Turner and Gro Harlem Brundtland, all members of the UN Foundations Board. The second day of the conference featured a range of speakers from both private and public sectors within areas of healthcare, finance and new technologies.As the co-chair of the Technology and Fuels working group of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Mouhsine explained the challenges met in disseminating improved cookstoves, and in particulat how to compete with the free open fires.


Mouhsine showing the Prakti stoves alongside the confrence and his talk

Mouhsine’s talk can be watched here.

Prakti Design follows up on its commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative

Prakti founder and CEO Dr Mouhsine Serrar was in Washington last week to attend the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Last year Prakti Design committed to creating an innovative and inclusive partnership to develop and distribute fuel-efficient and low polluting stoves in Haiti that would eliminate the use of charcoal as cooking fuel. These stoves would be scalable, and therefore impact a wide range of issues, including deforestation, health, poverty, global warming, and gender issues.

Mr. Clinton awarding Mouhsine during his keynote speech at CGI 2009

Prakti Design had been featured in Mr. Clinton’s keynote adress at CGI 2009, in which he underlined the tremendous social and environmental impact Prakti stoves will have in Haiti. To date Prakti stoves have been declared as best on the Haitian markets by third-party labs and implementers. Over 2,000 Leo Charcoal stoves and 100 Orka large-capacity stoves are currently being made by SkillMech for the World Food Program and the UN in Haiti. The Orka stoves run onrecycled briquettes made locally in Port-au-Prince and thus eliminate the need of charcoal as cooking fuel.