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Qori Q'Oncha, Golden Cookstoves for sustainable development



Enabling the long-term improvement of living conditions of Quechua communities in Peru through efficient cookstoves dissemination


59,3% of households in the highlands of Peru use traditional ways of cooking

Open fired stoves are usually the main and only source of energy to the local communities in the area, who are subjected to very harsh living conditions.

As a result of traditional cooking, powered with biofuels, the area suffers from deforestation and forest degradation. Household air pollution is very common, which translates in respiratory conditions.

Qori Q’Oncha is quechua for "Golden Cookstoves",
a project with a holistic approach

Golden Cookstoves to power sustainable and productive development

With the distribution of 9,544 improved cookstoves (ICS), the project not only protects the area’s natural forest, but enables the improvement of the local communities’ way of life.

The distribution comes along with the promotion of sustainable community business models through training in participation, capacity building, and entrepreneurship, seeking to create a network of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).


The distribution is carried out in households located in the rural areas of Pasco, Junin and the Amazonas in Peru, at an altitude of over 2500 meters above sea level (m.a.s.l.), more specifically:

The project

About the project

The Qori Q’Oncha – Improved cookstoves diffusion programme in Peru – involves the distribution of 9,544 improved cookstoves in rural areas of Peru. It is registered under Gold Standard (#4296). The project complies with all the requirements established under the methodology AMS-I.C.

tCO2e of estimated annual emission reduction

What is the project's contribution?

The project is adapted to meet the needs of local communities and is part of a larger programme (known as Sembrando Programme) which is composed of three components: improved cookstoves, latrines and vegetable gardens. The project positive impacts include:

community members benefited

improved cookstoves installed

tonnes of greenhouse gases avoided

The project and the community

The project has an holistic approach, not only contributing to the mitigation of climate change, but directly impacting in a positive way the local communities’ welfare and health conditions, as well as sustainable growth.

Its positive impacts include: 

  • Conservation and protection of local natural forest, with 264,780 tonnes of firedwood saved a year

  • Creation of 12 permanent jobs created by the implementation of the project

  • Implementation of training and capacity building activities on manufacturing, repairing and maintaining of cookstoves

  • Promotion of sustainable community business models

  • Maintaining the participation and empowerment of local communities to guarantee the long-term success of the project

This project is verified under Gold Standard, applying the AMS-I.C methodology, (Thermal energy production with or without electricity)

The Gold Standard is a standard for voluntary carbon offset projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It requires projects to meet rigorous environmental and social criteria and ensures the offset credits generated are of the highest quality. The Gold Standard is widely recognized as a leading certification body for carbon offsetting and has played a significant role in advancing sustainable development and climate action.


Microsol provides innovative solutions and low-cost technology for rural communities, looking to empower families to become more energy independent.

Based in Lima, Peru, Microsol seeks to set acceptance and long-term sustainability of its projects as a primary goal. 

How does this project contribute to the SDG’s?

The activities implemented as part of this project contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2030’s Sustainable Development Goals in the beneficiary communities, with a special focus on:

412,703 community member benefited from the activities of the project

97,988 improved cookstoves installed

264,780 tonnes of firewood saved a year

Improved Cookstoves (ICS) Implementation reduce respiratory diseases, as well as a decrease in the risk of burns

12 permanent jobs created by the implementation of the programme

96% of the beneficiaries participating in capacity building activities on the usage and benefits of ICS

742,627 tonnes of greenhouse gases avoided

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    Qori Q’Oncha – Improved cookstoves diffusion programme in Peru project’s proponent is MICROSOL. ALLCOT Trading has marketing rights for these carbon credits.

    ALLCOT is not involved in the development of this project. The project has been registered under Gold Standard and verified by CDM as external verification entity. The project complies with all the protocols required by the standard.

    Special conditions

    The final customer must: Retire the credits immediately; not have activities that would cause demonstrated and direct harm on the environment (No oil & gas); not and have not in the past breach(ed) any human, workers and nature rights; Are not in tax havens; Include offsetting in a more general and credible emissions reduction strategy; Communicate transparently and adequately, in line with ADEMEs recommendations on their low carbon initiatives and contributions to climate change mitigation.

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