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Our clean cooking and energy efficiency projects will benefit over 20 million households by 2030. In the meantime, as pioneers in regenerative agriculture and agroforestry, we continue to develop innovative projects in this space to harness the power of nature’s carbon sinks and restore natural forests.

CQC is passionate about sustainable agricultural land management and helping create a vibrant market for soil organic carbon from regenerative agriculture at a scale that addresses the need to mitigate global climate change.

We remain dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of charcoal production and unsustainable firewood harvest and trade on natural biodiverse forests, arable land, and watersheds.

We advise companies and development finance agencies on options to move towards a sustainable local supply of woody biomass cooking fuels and with our own limited resources, we invest to demonstrate viable alternatives.

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Reduced environmental damage with a reduction of electricity usage. Unlike fluorescent tubes, LEDs do not contain toxic mercury and have a longer life span.


Fuel switching to

sustainable crop residues and small diameter wood.

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Decrease deforestation

through minimal impact on  natural resources.

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Climate change mitigation from avoided greenhouse gas emissions.


Access to clean cooking technologies.


Emission reduction per stove over 10-year project lifecycle.


Reduce deforestation from land surrounding project areas.



The TLC-CQC stove and better-ventilated kitchen lowers the incidence of respiratory and heart disease, premature and underweight birth, blindness and reduces the risk of burns and indoor air pollution.

Switching to twigs and crop residues eliminates the burden of gathering firewood over long distances, reducing the risk of muscle and spinal damage, and reducing the risk of physical abuse. Women can regain ~2  hours per day that can be used for other productive activities and needed rest.

The TLC-CQC stove enables cooking to be fueled with small-diameter branches, twigs and crop stalks, and corn cobs that are fast-growing, readily available, and 100% renewable. Stacking fuel behind the stoves, against walls that reach temperatures around 75 degrees C, helps to dry them further and produce near smokeless combustion, decreasing burdens of disease.

Our other impacts include reducing electricity bills and increasing disposable income with our Efficient Lighting projects and, creating local jobs through our Sustainable Energy impact. 


Reduced exposure to smoke inhalation.


Money saved and increased access to stable employment through project activities

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Proven time savings in cooking related activities


Ensure reliable and efficient energy increasing household food safety and nutrition intake.

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Reduction of health

risks to women and girls

-including risk of abuse  while collecting firewood.


Improved cookstoves save time (that can be devoted to income-generating tasks) and money & employ individuals at the village level to accomplish project outcomes.


Contribute to community & individual awareness of climate change & sustainable development.


Contribute to improved nutrition status of the households, with direct reliable access to efficient energy sources increasing food safety (properly cooked) and nutrition retention.


Reduce drudgery for women and children, by reducing time spent collecting firewood and cooking


Reduce fine particulate matter during cooking to improve health and reduce burdens of disease.


Employ country national staff, with a focus on women