What is Ahuyu? Ahuyu is a non-profit that seeks to promote a clean world and healthy people.
How does Ahuyu plan to accomplish its goals? The starting point is to partner with community organizations in the developing world to build cookstove projects that achieve the triple dividend of improved health, environmental protection, and socioeconomic development.A decentralized approach is favored because cookstoves implicate rich cultural traditions and benefit from the direction of local community partners.As such, Ahuyu gives 100% of donations to fund actual cookstoves to be distributed by partner community-based organizations. At the same time Ahuyu serves in an advisory role to help guide program development. Ahuyu will coordinate ongoing program monitoring and evaluation to ensure that intended effects are achieved. What’s down the road for Ahuyu?
A donation-based subsidy model has limitations.Ahuyu seeks to overcome the access barriers for a market-based approach to improved cookstove dissemination.Helping our partners implement microcredit is just the first step.Carbon credits, venture philanthropy, and microenterprise development all offer promising models for sustainability.
Microfinance institutions would serve as natural partners for growth.Ahuyu seeks to work together with microfinance institutions to reach a greater number of participants.
The clean energy marketplace is quickly evolving.Ahuyu seeks to develop a network and partnerships ready to advance next generation cookstove technologies, such as the distributed production of biofuels from crop residues.
Who runs Ahuyu?
Founder and President: Justin Schram, MD, MSc is an internal medicine physician at Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington.
Director: Jared Inselmann, MBA is a management consultant with expertise in energy services and a background in community development.
Director: Ethan Kay, DPhil is VP of Emerging Markets at BioLite - a leading manufacturer of clean cookstoves.
Chair of the Advisory Board: Cheryl Scott MHA is Senior Advisor for Global Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Where did Ahuyu get that strange name? Ahuyu is roughly derived from the Tzu’tujil Maya word for air.