Reducing Barriers to LPG Use Through Employer-Sponsored Programs: A Pilot Project in Guatemala
2016 | Download
For many Guatemalan households, the high cost of an LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) cooking package (e.g. stove, gas cylinder, fuel and regular) poses a nearly insurmountable barrier to clean cooking. Costing roughly USD $100, LPG cooking equipment remains well beyond the reach of most families.
In piloting this program with employers, PHI aimed to engage corporate leaders in improving employee access to clean cooking through payroll deductions and other loan mechanisms.
The major lesson learned was that employer-based programs require considerable time and effort to implement. The barriers include difficulty identifying the appropriate company decision-maker to approve implementation, limited employer availability promote the program, minimal time for employees to learn about it and competition with other employer-sponsored programs.