Earn While You Cook - Program Overview




“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.



The “Earn While You Cook” Economic Model has the potential to be one such solution. 

With the thematic focus on renewable cooking energy for the People at the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid, the Program is “triple bottom-line oriented” cookstove led program that pays households to cook with it.



With the humble biomass cookstove at its heart, the program is  an energy access program with a difference - Through the act of cooking with a clean cookstove, women, from low income households, become "artisans" who turn biomass in charcoal. And earn from it by simply selling it or turning it into upscale value-added products under the micro-enterprise model.


  • The residue from the cooking session (High grade Charcoal), When monetized, becomes a livelihood option for low income households, while also opening up other avenues for downstream economic activities around charcoal - starting to make the residue look like a meaningful source of new energy. 

  • A triple bottom line oriented economic model – it touches three tiers of improvement. It recognizes an improvement spiral and makes a meaningful contribution to it – and has shown the potential to contribute to building a “Green GDP – One Kitchen at a time”.  


  • The Program recognizes that it requires several “messiahs” - particularly those who are able to support the project with “patient capital” during the initial gestation period for it to start fulfilling the social-economic-environmental agenda that it embodies.   
  • We invite you to learn, earn and teach – as we build this model ground up – to the highest levels that it can reach.