MissionThe Mission of ASA Initiative Microfinance/Technology Project is to “work with collaborative efforts to provide technological solutions that will enable poor households to have access to basic infrastructure, increase food production, and mitigate climate change through biochar technology; reduce deforestation; reduce indoor and outdoor air pollution and improve women and children health through provision of clean cook stoves and fuel to households within Ghana and the rest of Africa.
Partner TypeImplementer
Organization TypeNon-Governmental Organization
Organizational ExpertiseAdoption / Behavior Change, Capacity Building, Gender / Womens Empowerment, Livelihoods, Monitoring and Evaluation, Research, Marketing, Technology and Fuel R&D
ExpertiseMicrofinance, energy microfinance, research and development, rural development and micro enterprise development.
Technologies and FuelsBiomass (Ag. Residue, Processed Biomass, etc.), Pellets / Briquettes, Solar
Other Technologies and FuelsFacilitating rural access to solar energy and clean water through Green Energy and water Microfinance products.
Clean Cooking Activities ASA Initiative has been working in a collaborative research project†Agricultural and Environmental Benefits of Biochar use in ACP countries  (BeBi Project) European Union/ACP Technology Programme with University of Udine, Italy, as a Lead Partner (See www.bebiproject.org).

To date the team has been able to develop under the project, a clean cook stove called Elsa Stove, Elsa Pellet and  Elsa Palm Kennel Shells as clean fuel from biomass for the stove. Elsa Stove is patented and has ISO Certification and tested with less emission from biomass.
The clean cook stove technology has been developed with the local people and thus fits into the local cooking needs and culture.

Demand has already been established for Ghana and is approximately 10 million households since the stove cooks faster and longer than all other stoves with cheaper or zero cost  of fuel in the face of increasing cost of LPG gas and improved indoor air quality.  

The primary target is women household within the rural communities that depend so much on the traditional cook stoves with a lot of indoor air pollution with its health hazards. The secondary targets includes urban and peri-urban households especially women whose additional source of fuel for cooking (wood and charcoal) come from the forest in the rural areas through the rural households. The two categories of targeted population has been involved in the development of the Elsa Stove over the past three years.

The Elsa Stove/biochar technology will be replicated in the whole of Africa through BeBi Project partnership relationship with African Union and ECOWAS Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE).
PartnershipMy organization has experience in working with the women groups, rural communities, farmers and the local people. It also has team with skills in energy microfinance to the rural communities to scale up outreach. With demonstrable skills in capacity building for stove producers of artisans and young graduates from Technical Schools and stove users, ASA Initiative will help develop and improve the production and distribution chain of Elsa Stove and fuel to enable over 10 million households have access in Ghana and promote replications to the rest of African through BeBi Project partnership with African Union and ECREE.
Regions Operating InSub-Saharan Africa
Countries Operating InGhana
AddressP. O. Box CC 396
CityCape Coast
State/ProvinceCentral Region
Postal CodeCC 396
Primary Point of Contact
   First NameVeronica
   Last NameAgodoa Kitti
   Phone(23320) 466-0111
Secondary Point of Contact
   First NameCharles
   Last NameMorrison
   Phone(23324) 463-1848