Our story begins back in 2008 when we conducted a private study targeting vulnerable communities in the highlands of Peru, 2000m above sea level. A significant proportion of these rural communities still cook on open stoves with biomass, putting a tremendous strain on their health and the environment. Implementing improved cookstoves (ICS) based on these needs proved to be an ideal solution. This technology uses less firewood, fewer carbon emissions are produced, all while expelling toxic fumes outside the users´ homes.
After validating this solution on the field with a small pilot project, we used carbon finance as a way to replicate and grow the project to include more families in the project. This is how the Qori Q’oncha programme is created and becomes the first improved cookstoves programme introduced to the global voluntary carbon market. After identifying a similar need for improved cookstoves in rural communities from Mexico and Central America, we shared our experience and implemented our second programme, Utsil Naj, in 2012. Since then we´ve helped many more project developers achieve carbon financing through the sale of carbon credits. By selling these credits on the international carbon market, Microsol finances the sustainability of our projects.
Based on our experience in carbon certification, we provide technical assistance to different organisations to help them design and implement their energy efficiency or climate action projects. Recently, Internationally Transferred Mitigation Outcomes (ITMO) has become our new area of focus. In 2019, the Peruvian and Swiss governments managed to reach a series of agreements that paved the way to establish a Pilot project. In this context, Microsol was chosen by the Swiss organisation Climate Cent Foundation (CCF) to implement the “Tuki Wasi” Project, which could potentially lead to the first ITMO generated by improved cookstoves worldwide.
We expect to have the first results of the pilot by the end of 2021. Our goal after is to develop a large-scale programme based on the results and findings of the first pilot.