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  • 02-Dec-2016

Eco cooker (éco cuiseur) Yokute


The eco-cooker is a cooker based on affordable and ecological wood. It aim to substitute for the three stone fire used in Senegal, Mali and Burkina Faso.

There are three relevant benefits :

- Ecological asset, since it cut by 8 the amount of wood for cooking compared to the three stone fires used. Thus it reduces the deforestation.

- Health benefit : cutting emissions C02, hence improving life expectancy for women and people around.

- Economic benefit : the production and the sales of the eco-cooker allow the creation of new jobs in Africa. For instance for the saling of eco-cooker in Mali, we hired former Malian prisonners and helped them for their professional rehabilitation.


Additional Questions

Who is your customer?

Our consumer is a cooker who has difficulties to cook and uses too much wood. As women are the cooker in Africa and have to spend so much time for cooking, they are our consumers. We're mainly interested in women from villages like Kangaba (Mali) and countries such as Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mali.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Our product will solve several issues in western Africa : - A way for cooking easier than the women are used to. - A way to stop the deforestation. - A way to improve the health of women and many families in Africa. - A way to create jobs and allow poor women and families to improve their purchasing power.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our eco-cooker will be successful for several reasons : - In the short run, it saves women from walking kilometers to cut wood after a hard working day (in Senegal they need to walk 8-10 KM before finding wood). In the long term, it preserves the environment from deforestation which is a global issue. Our product can succeed in Africa and spread to others developing countries who are suffering from deforestation. - It significantly helps to reduce cooking time (3-4 hours cooking usually), and they could cook much more foods faster. - It's a mobile cooker, so you can cook from anywhere, at any time. - Not only it saves lives thanks to the nutrition benefit but also thanks to the health benefit, for reducing emissions CO2.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team is working with a member of the Raid Normandie Monde association named Lionel Groult who is our asset in Africa. He is the intermediary between us and our partners in Africa. In particular, Lionel Groult will be our connexion with the SOSSER - the company which have to product the eco-cooker Yokute in Senegal. We also have to run some tests with an engineering team from INSA university in Rouen to verify the proper operation of the eco-cooker Yokute. Our main advantage : we have already been implemented in Mali and we are in Senegal with SOSSER. We've Lionel who will be our informant in Africa and SOSSER which have to product the eco-cooker Yokute.