New survey assesses job creation impact of the RBF cookstoves project in Cambodia

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Cambodia 2018/11/26

26 November 2018

A publication by EnDev and SNV highlights the impact the RBF cookstove project had on job creation and private sector engagement in a newly created market for clean biomass cookstoves in Cambodia.

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Job creation is a key indicator

Two years after EnDev's RBF project, implemented by SNV, started in the Mekong region, the “Employment & Investment Study” assessed the impact the project had on job creation and engagement of the private sector in Cambodia. Job creation is one of the key indicators of the RBF project, which aimed to kick-start and accelerate the market for Advanced Biomass Cookstoves.

Over 600 jobs in five countries

The analysis shows that more than 600 jobs were created. Of 115 full-time and 494 part-time jobs created, 41% of jobs are held by women and 23% by youth under 30 years old. Jobs were created across five countries - including Cambodia, Indonesia, Lesotho, Vietnam, and China - and occur in different functions in the supply chain for clean biomass cookstoves, such as sales, production, accounting, and management.

High private sector leverage

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The survey also finds that more than USD 660,000 in enterprise investments were leveraged by the project, with companies making a range of investments in production assets, trainings, marketing and sales, and enterprise management systems in order to engage in the newly created market. Their market participation in turn led companies to generate over USD 1.3 million in revenues from cookstoves sales.

Next to increased sales revenues and larger workforces, the enterprises also reported additional benefits they experienced from their participation in the project: expansion to new markets and growth of distribution channels, improved products and greater product variety, and improved skills and confidence in fields such as international trade, marketing, sales, and financial management.

Strongly growing interest of investors

International cookstove manufacturers expressed that the RBF project assisted them to and lowered their risk in venturing into a new and previously unknown market. Local last-mile energy distribution companies lauded that the project enabled them to gain access to a new type of cookstove that was previously unavailable to them and has now become a key product, diversify their product portfolio, grow their sales revenues, and expand their last-mile distribution structures.

Assessing project participants’ outlook for their future engagement in this market, the survey finds that international manufacturers now consider Cambodia a priority market, with imminent plans for investments in local production and/or assembly of clean cookstoves. Local last-mile distributors anticipate further engagement in the market and further growth of their workforce, pending the establishment of local production/assembly facilities for clean cookstoves.

Download the study

The study is available for download here.