Man and Man Enterprise

Efficient, durable cooking stoves for every household in Ghana
2011 SEED Award Winner Clean Energy Kumasi, Ghana

Man and Man Enterprise produces and markets efficient biomass cooking stoves which save 40 % on charcoal compared to conventional stoves. The product thus enables substantial savings on fuel costs while reducing deforestation and GHG emissions. Man and Man Enterprise produces and markets highly efficient biomass cooking stoves made from scrap metal. A ceramic lining retains heat, reducing charcoal consumption by 40 %. The stoves cost the same as conventional stoves and have a longer lifetime. In the Ashanti region, the initiative sells hundreds of such “Holy Cook” stoves every week. Man and Man Enterprise plans to increase profitability by integrating lining production into its own operations and by expanding its operations into currently underserved regions in Ghana and neighbouring countries. 

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Man and Man Enterprise help save 40% charcoal use. The product enables substantial savings on fuel costs while reducing deforestation and GHG emissions.
  • Training 70 men and 30 women in manufacturing stove parts,
  • Providing an income that is 80% above the local minimum wage.
  • Allowing users to enjoy a 40% reduction in the cost of cooking fuel.

  • Relieving pressure on the remaining forests and reduces harmful emissions.
  • Saving of about 70,000 tons of CO2e so far.


  • Increasing competitiveness by vertically integrating the production of stove linings and by applying for carbon credits.
  • Scaling up from 500 to 1,000 stoves per week to serve growing demand in Ghana and Togo.


This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Man and Man Enterprise Inc. is responsible for product development, stove manufacturing and marketing.

Tekman Energy Ltd supplies scrap metal sheets for stove cladding and distributes the stoves to retailers in the market.

Ekem Art Pottery Ltd supplies ceramic liners for the stoves.

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