The Improved Cookstove Producers and Distributors Association of Cambodia (ICoProDAC) is a 316-member industry association established by GERES in 2003.
Sun swears that her life has changed since joining the Improved Cookstove Producers and Distributors Association of Cambodia (ICoProDAC) in 2004, just a year after the business association was established. Traditionally a farmer, Sun joined the improved cookstove business as a Neang Kongrey stove (NKS) producer, and has been producing some 500 to 600 stoves since to cater to a high demand among the rural population.
She gives credit to GERES’ business development assistance and efforts to market and promote improved cookstoves for the initial success of her business, while acknowledging that the quality of the product itself was what has sustained it.
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The idea, back in 2009, was to have production bases flanking the capital Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang on the right and Kampong Cham on the left – from which improved cookstoves shall emanate and flow into the rest of the provinces, to eventually envelope the whole of Cambodia with woodfuel-saving New Lao and Neang Kongrey stoves. Their geographical position in respect to Phnom Penh is not the only characteristic that makes these two provinces ‘special’ as far as cookstove production is concerned; theirs is also the soil quality that is most suitable to cookstove production, and thus explains the presence as well of pottery- or traditional cookstove-producers in these two provinces.
The ICOPRODAC – the industry association linking stove producers and distributors, which was organized by GERES – celebrates its 10th founding anniversary
This formal network of 113 improved cookstove producers and 198 distributors is the biggest – in fact the only – there is in Cambodia. From production facilities in Kampong Chhnang province, the New Lao Stove and Neang Kongrey Stove – now widely-recognized brands of stoves each with a unique Quality Control number etched on the stove’s mouth, and the distinctive ICOPRODAC “QC passed” label – traveled on ox- and moto-driven carts along this network and across the length and breadth of the country and into the homes of more than 1.3 million Cambodians. Since its inception in 2003, ICOPRODAC has produced and sold a total of 3.5 million units of improved cookstoves.
Now 10 years after they were founded, they celebrate their survival and accomplishments, but more importantly, they gather together to articulate a new vision and chart a new path for the organization’s continued relevance and growth in the years to come.