SOURCE: Carbon Manna Unlimited

Carbon Manna Unlimited

October 27, 2009 07:00 ET

Carbon Manna Africa Ltd. Announces Collaboration With the Town of Kogelo, Kenya -- the Ancestral Home of President Barack Obama

Mama Sarah Obama Welcomes Introduction of the Cell-Phone-Based Carbon Manna(SM) System to Kogelo to Address Copenhagen Consensus Challenges

SAN DIEGO, CA and KOGELO, KENYA--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - Carbon Manna Unlimited in San Diego, California, a non-profit standards-setting organization popularizing the world's first form of non-debt-based microfinance -- the highly-scalable, cell-phone-based Carbon Micro-PROFIT-Sharing system -- announced today an exclusive agreement between its affiliate, Carbon Manna Africa Ltd. (Nairobi, Kenya), and the Kogelo Community Development Foundation (KCDF) in Kogelo, Kenya. Kogelo is the childhood hometown of U.S. President Barack Obama's late father. Carbon Manna Africa and KCDF will jointly utilize the sustainable Carbon Manna(SM) Micro-PROFIT-Sharing System to address various healthcare, nutrition and education challenges common to the Developing World as enumerated in the Copenhagen Consensus.

"The self-funding Carbon Manna(SM) System is now in the ancestral home of President Obama through a collaboration with the Kogelo Community Development Foundation (KCDF), whose patroness is Mama Sarah Obama -- President Obama's paternal grandmother," announced the Chairman of KCDF, well-known Kenyan movie star Mr. Joseph Olita. He further remarked: "Through the stewardship of Mama Sarah Obama, KCDF will harness the carbon markets-based economic engine of the Carbon Manna(SM) System to address in particular Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission (PMTCT), funding of nutrition programs in grade schools for at-risk children, and reductions in the incidences of malaria, cholera and illegal child labor."

To the delight of Mama Sarah Obama, on 25 October 2009, representatives of KCDF and Carbon Manna Africa (CMA) visited Kogelo and presented her with the first CMA-designed "Mulindi Stove," engraved with the now-historic campaign refrain of her grandson: "Yes, we can!"

Geoffrey Kiringa, President of Carbon Manna Africa Ltd., noted: "Our Carbon Manna(SM) System implementation in Kogelo will also sensitize the 10,000 residents to proactively reduce environmental degradation by encouraging reforestation and conservation of other natural resources such as rivers and lakes, thus empowering the community to fully participate in Income Generating Activities (IGAs) such as fish farming and beekeeping."

Companies interested in purchasing the GS-VER credits (Gold Standard - Voluntary Emission Reduction credits) to be produced in the ancestral hometown of the Obama Family and in the surrounding Kenyan countryside, should contact Carbon Manna Unlimited or Carbon Manna Africa. Inquiries from accretive strategic partners in the healthcare, nutrition and education areas are also encouraged.

The Carbon Manna(SM) System employs mobile phones, SMS (short message service) and unique stove identifiers that will allow millions of families in the Developing World to claim and monetize on a monthly basis the validated carbon micro-offsets they produce by utilizing more efficient cooking methods such as well-designed charcoal or wood stoves, instead of using an inefficient 3-stone fire burning excessive non-renewable biomass. As a result, each family becomes a self-reliant micro-PROFIT center and is able to monetize directly its own contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, while also slowing regional deforestation.

The highly scalable Carbon Manna(SM) System is one of the few extant and tenable markets-based mechanisms that will allow attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015. By tapping the US$ 125 billion annual carbon-trading markets and transferring payments directly to each participating family via SMS message and existing mobile money transfer (MMT) systems, Carbon Manna(SM) eliminates multiple levels of bureaucracy that to date have economically hobbled all large-scale, family-level economic empowerment programs in Africa.

After Kenya, in 2010 and beyond the Carbon Manna(SM) System will expand to Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Botswana and South Africa.

Contact Information

  • For corporate social responsibility (CSR), philanthropic, sponsorship or
    collaborative opportunities with Carbon Manna Unlimited and/or Carbon Manna
    Africa; or for speaker requests or celebrity inquiries; and to co-opt a
    sustainable and universally applicable micro-paradigm that can indeed
    quickly scale to benefit the "Next Billion" at the Base of the Pyramid,
    please contact:

    David A. Palella
    San Diego, California
    tel: 858-793-0741
    email: Email Contact


    Geoffrey Kiringa
    Nairobi Kenya
    cell: +254-721-922-135
    email: Email Contact
    Skype: geoffrey.kiringa