Kenya’s Charlot Magayi was among the winners in the 2022 edition of the Earth shot Prize.
How did she win?
Magayi won with her clean cooking innovation, Mukuru Clean Stoves, which aims to bring cleaner-burning stoves to women in Kenya and the African continent. With more than 950 million people in sub-Saharan Africa relying on heavily polluting wood and charcoal for cooking, a number that is estimated to rise to 1.67 billion by 2050, Magayi’s innovation is seen as a crucial contribution to efforts aimed at cleaning up our planet.
What’s the value of the prize?
The 29-year-old Kenyan received $1.2m with the win. A project she began in 2017 at Mukuru Kwa Njenga, one of the biggest slums in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, the Mukuru Clean Stove is said to emit 90% less pollution compared to wood and even much less than charcoal. At approximately $10 each, the stove provides an affordable and healthier cooking alternative to low-income families.