Kenya Ceramic Jiko

Exhibition: Design for the other 90 | January 5, 2012 by

The Kenya Ceramic Jiko is a portable charcoal stove which, with proper use and maintenance, can reduce fuel consumption by 30-50%, saving the consumer money, reducing toxic gas and particulate matter, and resulting in better overall heath for the user. The stove is now used in over 50% of all urban homes and 16% of rural homes in Kenya and is spreading to neighboring African countries.

  • DESIGNERS: International aid and governmental agencies, local women’s organizations, and craftspeople
  • MANUFACTURER: Rural Technology Enterprises
  • Kenya, 1982–83
  • Ceramic lining, metal rings
  • DIMENSIONS: 6” h x 9.5” diameter (small), 7” h x 11” diameter (standard), 9” h x 12” diameter (medium), 11.5” h x 15” diameter (large), 14” h x 17” diameter (extra large)
  • IN USE IN: Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo


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