Overall, SEECO has had a positive impact on the local economy and created jobs. Liners are purchased from various artisans; others are trained and paid to produce claddings. Artisans are paid once the components are verified for quality control.
Clay liners: The clay liners are made from local materials, thus there are no emissions from international shipping. The extraction of clay, however, promotes land degradation and soil erosion. In addition, the clay must be baked at high temperatures, which requires a significant amount of biomass fuel and emits CO2. Claddings are also made from local materials, so again, there are no emissions from international shipping. The claddings are collected for assembly at the workshop, where SEECO staff work 8 hours per day and 5 days per week. The transfer of skills between employees is a major benefit. The only waste produced is scrap metal, which is generally collected in a specific area for selling to scrap dealers.
Finished stoves: Finished stoves are distributed to selling centers and agents. One selling center in Dar es Salaam, for example, sells 300 to 400 stoves per month. Some stoves are sold through agents, and thus provide additional income to the agents. Use of the stove cuts down on the quantity of charcoal needed and the cost of buying charcoal. Less charcoal also means less deforestation and fewer emissions. While cooking with the stove does not save the end-user cooking time, it does save the time it takes to gather wood and/or charcoal. End-users have reported being very happy with their SEECO stove, and appreciate the product’s health, economic, social, and environmental benefits. Not only do end-users inhale much less hazardous smoke, but they also do less damage to their environment and cut down fewer trees.
The main complaint from end-users has been the problem of cracked clay liners, but the company takes care of this by educating customers on how to use and maintain the stoves so that they last.