ANOMENA Ventures is a registered social enterprise based in Community 18, Tema, Ghana, West Africa with a mission to mainstream gender concerns into energy projects, produce and distribute energy efficient interventions as well as clean working environment.
The ANOMENA-improved-LPG-Stoves have been designed to come in single, two- and three-unit versions specifically to serve the needs of the institutions, households and street food vendors, most of whom are women. It is an energy efficient stove that helps vendors and households to switch to cleaner, environmentally friendly and non-smoky faster cooking that save the women from smoke inhalation and congested working environment.
The primary market is the energy and environment sector in rural, peri-urban and urban areas in the sixteen regions of Ghana where street food vending abounds. The financial viability of switching from firewood to LPG has been done. The target group is reached through direct sales with payment by installment. Our key partners are faith based women’s groups who are clientele, Technicians who are production team and community based street food vendors.
The solution makes sense for customers because it meets the needs of Ghanaian consumers by improving health, providing clean environment and creating livelihood opportunities. It works for our partners because it provides employment. Our stove supports multiple productive uses extending well beyond the household, such as developing micro-enterprises.
It is our vision that Street food vendors and women entrepreneurs across West Africa operating from homes be supplied with ANOMENA- LPG stoves to empower them economically. At least Five thousand women have been taken through awareness creation and gender sensitisation workshops as well as training on safe use of LPG appliances. A pilot micro-finance scheme has enabled some of the women to purchase and own gas cylinders and stoves. In 2010 ANOMENA partnered the gender and energy network to produce a gender audit of the Ghana Energy Sector.