- Sector: Consumer Services
- Country of operations: South Africa
Wonderbag manufactures, sells and distributes a cooking system based on one of the oldest technologies in the world: heat retention. Its non-electric bags are made of chipped foam with a drawstring at the top to retain the heat. Once food is brought to the boil by conventional cooking methods it can then be put into a Wonderbag, where it will continue to cook for up to 12 hours.
“Since I came up with the concept of the Wonderbag in 2008, my mission has been to economically empower women and girls across the world by addressing the critical daily challenges of time, poverty, self-worth and cleaner, healthier cooking,” says Founder Sarah Collins.
To date the company has distributed over one million of its products around the world and Sarah says that the rate of growth should accelerate in the future. “We are optimistic that we will see as much, if not more, uptake of the bag over the next five years,” she explains.
Beyond offering a simple cooking method, there are wider potential benefits from using a system like the Wonderbag. More than three billion people are thought to cook over an open fire every day and some four million people die each year from illness caused by indoor air pollution-related diseases. “Using a Wonderbag can decrease indoor air pollution by up to 60%,” says Sarah.
She adds that using her product also frees up time for some people – typically women – who currently have to spend hours every day gathering fuel and then cooking over an open flame. “It gives women time to earn an income and allows girls to go to school instead of having to gather wood daily,” she says. “As long as poverty and climate change exist in Africa – and the world – there will always be a need for the Wonderbag.”