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Milestones

Key Milestones Achieved.
 October 2010 imported the first batch of stoves and gel from Arusha Tanzania, set up the new division which officially entered the Kenyan market on January 10th 2011.

 Since we started in 2011, we have sold over 13,000 stoves and over 142,000 litres of gel mainly in Nairobi County and environs.

 In October 2011 we undertook a pilot project with UNHCR, GIZ and ourselves to supply the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya, near the border with Southern Sudan, with ethanol gel fueled stoves and gel to 70 households. The refugee camp could not sustain the use of fire wood from the surrounding area, as they had cleared all forms of trees and shrubs, and refugees were in conflict with the local communities. The programme was carried for 3 months. The stove and gel were very popular with the refugees, but the price of the gel and stove were slightly out of their reach so project was shelved temporarily.

 Between 2012 – 2014 penetrated the market through the lower-income supermarkets of Naivas (29 branches), Ukwala (11 branches), Woolmatt (4 branches) Khetia (8 branches) and numerous other smaller supermarkets within Nairobi City and environs.

 In 2011 we designed our own stove and branded it Moto Safi™ , went to China to get it mass produced (9,240pcs) and first container arrived on 15th March 2012.

 March 2012 we registered Moto Safi as a trade mark with KIPI ( Kenya Industrial Property Institute) for 10 years – to be the company’s brand name for it’s stoves and fuel.

 April 2012 got Kenya Bureau of Standard ISM certification for the Moto Safi™ Stove and Moto Poa Gel.

 We attended the Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu A.S.K Shows in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to further test the Kenyan market, with encouraging results. At the Kisumu Show we won first class awards for renewable energy usage in 2011, 2012 and 2013 consecutively, and June 27th 2014 at the Machakos Show.

 March 2013 joined the Kenya Climate Innovation Center as a client – KCIC is a World Bank-infoDev initiative aimed at supporting the development and scale of renewable, agriculture and water enterprises in Kenya. Numerous training programmes have been undertaken through the KCIC, including an intensive two week DFC sponsored Greening The Growth in October 2014.

 In May 2013 the we signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the County Government of Machakos and Consumer’s Choice Limited that the County Government will allocate the company 5 acres of land to first put up a ethanol gel processing plant and after 5 years put up an ethanol processing plant with sweet sorghum as the basic feedstock grown in the region.

 Joined the Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves in June 2013 as a partner selling ethanol gel stoves and gel fuel.

 In October 2013 accordance to GACC directives, our stove and gel were tested for efficiency and emissions, using the WBT test with emissions and IWA performance levels. This was done at the GACC appointed testing centre in Kenya at the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI). The stove was passed at a commendable Tier 3 level.

 In October 2013 we signed a CDM Project Implementation Partnership Agreement with Green Development AS of Norway.

 November 2014, made a presentation of our innovation to the World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Kim Yong at the KCIC offices at Strathmore University Nairobi.

 December 2014 signed a business consultancy agreement with GVEP, where we work closely to analyze our business model and provide appropriate business consulting advice.

 January 2015 joined the Nairobi Green Pioneers Accelerator Programme 2015.  January 2015 Ms Sapna Shah of Acumen East Africa is assigned to our company to be our Mentor during the duration of the Green Pioneers Programme.