Cleanstar Mozambique

Tackling Poverty, Health & Deforestation at a Profit

3p Editor Jen Boynton visited Mozambique with TreeHugger’s Brian Merchant to get the full story on a remarkable triple-bottom-line business model. In a nutshell, Cleanstar Mozambique will pay farmers (who are otherwise sitting idle) to grow cassava, incentivize them to grow some healthier food products while they’re at it, turn the cassava into ethanol at the nation’s first biomass plant, develop and market an-ethanol-burning stove that hits all sorts of pain points for the women of urban centers who are otherwise stuck with dirty, inefficient charcoal stoves, and ultimately profit.


Killing 6 Birds with 1 Stone: Harder Than It Sounds

CleanStar Mozambique's audacious clean cookstove plan was ultimately unsuccessful. But that doesn't mean it wasn't worth trying.

Clean Cookstoves Mean True Economic Development in Mozambique

Watch this 5 minute video case study of one of our favorite triple bottom line initiatives.
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Meningitis Link Brings New Urgency to Clean Cookstove Movement

Now there is another element of urgency to the clean cookstoves movement. In addition to causing high levels of indoor air pollution and…

How a Cookstove Becomes a Carbon Credit

How do you make a cookstove into a carbon credit? Take a region where charcoal is the cooking fuel of choice, switch it…
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Enzymes: Sustainability’s Secret Weapon

To the untrained ear, "enzyme" sounds like it has something to do with food digestion and, lets be honest, the gut is really…
A woman sells charcoal in a Maputo market

The Real Story on Charcoal for African Cookstoves

Read more about this project You may have seen pictures of women in Africa cooking their daily meals on a small cookstove. These…
Staff outside CleanStar Mozambique's flagship store - NDZiLO means 'flame'

9 Reasons CleanStar Mozambique is Rio-Ready

CleanStar Mozambique's founders and investors have this crazy idea that they can make the lives of a few hundred thousand people in Mozambique…

Africa’s First Sustainable Biofuel Plant Opens in Mozambique

NDZiLO’s ethanol plant in the province of Dondo has a capacity to supply two million liters of cassava-based ethanol. The cassava will be…

The Avon Lady Comes to Mozambique, Hawking Cookstoves

CleanStar invests in, builds, and scales triple-bottom-line business models in emerging markets around the world. CleanStar Mozambique, their latest and fastest growing project,…