Unique cooking eco-system in every region
Field research in various regions of India and Kenya established that cooking habits vary considerably. This extends from the position of the cook with respect to the stove, utensils used, ingredients used, as well as the cooking processes (boiling, frying, roasting, steaming, etc.) themselves. This unique eco-system has been established over time and is poised to not only use locally available food sources, but also to extract maximum nutrients through the cooking process (e.g. slow cooking, smoking, etc.).
To be successful, a cooking solution would need to fit within this eco-system without disturbing or altering in any way.
Independent of external resources
Prevalent cooking scenarios in rural region are optimized to be independent of external resources. The fuel used is locally sourced or gathered, while the actual materials used to make the stove can also be either collected or bought from nearby sources. This not only means that making and using a stove is less expensive, but also makes rural communities self-reliant.
To be successful, a cooking solution would need to be independent of external resources for daily usage of the stove as well as the production of the stove.
Local community driven initiatives
To be successful, a cooking solution would need trust and acceptance from local communities with regards to usage, selling practices, quality, maintenance, etc. Effective implementation over time would need deep understanding and constant adaptability to evolving local contexts.
To be successful, a cooking solution would have to be driven by valued members of the local community.