400 75-litre Prakti Orka institutional stoves were shipped to Haiti on April 19, 2011 from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. These stoves will be used by the United Nations World Food Programme in their school feeding program in rural and peri-urban areas in Haiti. 100 of these stoves are currently in use, each stove feeding 150 children per meal. The fuel used for these stoves are low-density, hand-made briquettes made from waste materials, eliminating the need to use scarce and expensive resources such as wood or charcoal.
Dr. Mouhsine Serrar, founder and CEO of Prakti Design, will be leaving on 14 April for a two-week consultancy for the United Nations World Food Programme in Sudan. Mouhsine will work with the International Lifeline Fund to evaluate existing cook stoves in North and South Darfur. They will look at stove performance and usability, as well as strategies for implementation and adoption of different stoves. The consultancy will also develop proposals for alternate fuels and stoves.
Prakti Design won 2nd. prize in the Social Impact category at the Global Social Venture Competition(GSVC) held at the Haas Business School of the University of California at Berkeley on 7 April 2011. Prakti was one of 15 finalists out of a total of 850 applicants worldwide.
The Global Venture Social Competition is the most prestigious social business plans competition, organized by the Haas Business School at U.C. Berkeley.
Prakti Design had successfully presented its business plan at the French-speaking European semi-finals hel by the Essec Business School in Paris on February, 1st. Yesterday Suzanne presented it at the Europe, Middle-East, and Africa semi-finals held at the London Business School. Judges were impressed by both the business plan, the presentation, and the analysis of Prakti Design’s social impact. They selected Prakti for both the Blended Value Finals and the Social Impact Assessment one, to take place at U.C. Berkeley in early April.
Prakti Design is mentored by Magali Cubier (V.P Strategy at Orange), Gaetan Baudry (Project Manager at the Rotschild Foundations) and Nicolas Gaudron (Designer, CEO of id-sl) for the GSVC Competition. It is supported by Ecole des Mines de Paris where Suzanne is enrolled in a Master’s degree and the Essec Business School.
The World Food Program (WFP) in Haiti has ordered 400 additional Prakti Orka stoves for their school feeding program. There are 100 Prakti Orka stoves currently in use in both urban and rural schools in Haiti. Each stove feeds 150 children per meal. Once the 400 stoves are in place within the next few months, Prakti Orka stoves will feed 75,000 children per meal.
The Prakti Orka stove is a multi-fuel institutional stove, able to burn wood, charcoal (with an optional module) and locally made briquettes made from waste materials. The WFP school feeding program is using low-density, manually pressed briquettes as the primary fuel. This not only saves precious environmental resources (wood and charcoal) but provides costs savings as well. Pilot tests show that urban schools save the equivalent of U.S.$8.50 over the use of charcoal in traditional charcoal stoves and rural schools save the equivalent of U.S.$3.40 over the use of wood burned in traditional three-stone fires.
In December 2010, Dr. Mouhsine Serrar, founder and CEO of Prakti Design, traveled to Huye, Rwanda, as a consultant to an Aprovecho Research Center (ARC) team working with CARE Rwanda. Mouhsine’s objective was to train CARE Rwanda and other participants (including policy makers, stove project implementers and stove producers) involved in cook stove dissemination on improved stove design and the testing of improved cook stoves. Mouhsine shared with the participants design techniques he has worked with in many countries to make a simple to build, mud only, skirted stove that closely followed the design principles taught to the group. The building techniques in this design were also very easy to follow.