Ganesha Cookstove Project

The Ganesha Cookstove Project is working to change the paradigm of clean cooking, with super-efficient biomass cookstoves designed by and for Nepali villagers.

Ganesha stoves don’t just reduce pollution and deforestation – they are also a pleasure to cook on. Users report that they love how easy the stove is to use, how well it fits into their normal cooking habits, and how tasty the food is that’s cooked on the stove. Villagers can cook the way they are used to – using the fuel they have on hand, cooking in the pots they already own, and making the food they love for their family. We cut freight costs at all levels in half by designing Ganesha stoves to collapse into a flat pack. Assembly in the field is simple, requires no tools, and takes less than 2 minutes. And strong – an assembled stove holds 100kg.

Ganesha stoves are distributed in Nepal by our partner Climate Advocacy International (CAI). CAI is leading a carbon offset project in Nepal using Ganesha stoves.

Climate Action Platform

Organisation Representative

Endorsers that Ganesha Cookstove Project partner with


VNV Advisory Services Pte. Ltd.

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

VNV Advisory Services Pte. Ltd.

VNV Advisory Services LLP has been at the forefront of working with climate change and livelihoods. Our decade-long experience has seen us develop low-carbon projects that support these communities in getting their basic needs while adapting to and mitigating the harsh impacts of climate change. We work in areas of clean cooking, social forestry, sustainable agriculture, rural energy access and many other related community-based technologies. With support from over 40 NGOs and implementation partners, our work encompasses over 4 million rural households across the South Asian (India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Mongolia and Sri Lanka) region. We have also been able to engage with businesses to address issues of Social Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality.

On-going/Past projects

Clean Cooking Solutions Programme Nepal

By Ganesha Cookstove Project

The project aims to distribute 500,000 improved cookstoves in Nepal, with the aim of improving the lives of villagers, reducing deforestation, and offsetting carbon emissions.

Climate Action and Environment, Conservation, Energy, Gender, Livelihood and Poverty Alleviation