Solar Cookers International

Families that cook with free, no-emission solar energy breathe clean air, drink safe water, save money, save time and reduce carbon emissions for our planet. Solar cooking means healthy forests, fewer burns, healthier children—changing and saving lives.

solar-cookers-photo1Solar Cookers International provides solar cooking to sun-rich, fuel-scarce regions, and helps people in Africa and elsewhere who deserve improved health, empowerment, and preserved local environments.

For those who rely on foraged fuels, cooking is a dangerous and time-consuming job. Some are hungry because gathered fuel is scarce and they can’t afford to buy cooking fuel.

Solar Cookers International’s unique role is to share solar cooking technology with those who will benefit most from cooking with free, no-emission solar energy. We work through a network of partners in Africa and worldwide.

By providing solar cooking for people who are among the poorest on our planet, Solar Cookers International and its supporters and making a difference in the lives of thousands.  People who rely on open fires for cooking often only have contaminated water to drink. Solar cookers provide smoke-free cooking and solar water pasteurization.

Through its global network of more than 1,000 partners, and an online resource for solar cooking information, Solar Cookers International connects people with the knowledge they need to cook and pasteurize water with free solar energy.

Solar Cookers International shares solar cooking with governments and community organizations around the world through special consultative status to the United Nations.


Contact Information

Solar Cookers International
2400 22nd Street
Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95818
T: (916) 455-4499

Financial Information

Solar Cookers International is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: A woman solar cooking can spend time on other tasks, 2013
Video: Women displaced from Darfur, Sudan, learn to make and use solar cookers.
Photo: Simple solar cookers are made and sold by local entrepreneurial women in Nyakach, Kenya.

Donate Now to Solar Cookers International


Your gift to Solar Cookers International helps empower women, protect the environment, improve global health, and achieve human potential. Here are examples of what your donation can do:

  • $60 provides safe drinking water and hot food to a family in need through solar power.
  • $100 provides women and children who cook over open fires gain a way to cook with free, no-emission solar energy.
  • $250 supports Solar Cookers International online resource of 2,000 articles, 3,600 photos, and 380 videos about solar cooking.
  • $500 provides Safe Water Packages to eight households in rural Kenya.
  • $1,000 helps a community design a more sustainable solar cooker model for households to use throughout a year..

Volunteer Opportunities

Solar Cookers International has opportunities in the U.S. for volunteers to organize a solar cooking event, teach a solar cooking class, and provide support in the Sacremento, CA office. There are also opportunities to teach solar cooking techniques in Kenya.


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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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