Lucretia Gijssen-Boerebach served as Solar Cooking KoZon’s (SCK) President from 2010 – 2018. Under her leadership, Solar Cooking KoZon identified three important goals:
1. to fight against deforestation and to save the environment
2. to stimulate the welfare and health of women and children
3. to create employment and economic independence for women and young people
Under Mrs. Gijssen-Boerebach’s guidance, the KoZon Foundation merged with Solar Cooking The Netherlands to form a new strong foundation with enthusiastic volunteers. Solar Cooking KoZon transitioned from a focus on charitable projects to a business approach, in which independent solar cooking companies were created in project countries. Now there are five companies in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali and Uganda, which together employ 110 people, and that number is still growing.
Mrs. Gijssen-Boerebach is an avid supporter of women participating in their local economies, integrated solar cooking and using business approaches to further both.