Combining creative skills with local insights delivers solutions that consider cultural differences and contexts of use.
Developed with local stakeholders and NGOs, the Low Smoke Chulha cooking stove aims to reduce disease from smoke inhalation caused by indoor cooking with biomass fuel. Introduced initially in India, it is now expanding into African markets through a process of co-adaptation and co-creation.
Philips does not produce and sell the Chulha, but we support its production by the free distribution of the design specifications which are all available on lowsmokechulha.com. This online platform also enables networking with other people involved in the project and facilitates transfer of knowledge and learnings
Working with local NGOs
Junglescapes is one of our ‘champion’ partners in the dissemination of the low-smoke chulha in India. This organization trains new potential entrepreneurs for the production and the dissemination of low-smoke chulhas in rural India.
The Chulha has received numerous awards: Bronze IDEA Ecodesign Award 2008, Red Dot Award for Design Concept 2008 and INDEX Award 2009.