Why Cookstoves Matter

Cookstoves Dramatically Improve...

Health

  • Indoor air pollution from open fires and traditional stoves will kill 4 million people--mostly children--this year.
  • Open fires in the home put children at risk of burn injury.
  • Respiratory disease--largely due to indoor air pollution--is the leading cause of death of children under the age of 5 in the developing world.
  • Less smoke means improved health. UC Berkeley RESPIRE study in Guatemala showed a significant reduction in childhood pneumonia for homes using improved cookstoves.
  • Our Jikokoa stove reduces particulate matter and carbon-monoxide emissions by as much as 61%.

Environment

  • Clean and fuel-efficient cookstoves dramatically reduce solid fuel (wood, charcoal, etc.) consumption.
  • Up to 25% of black carbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for household energy needs.
  • Clean Cookstoves saves trees and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Up to 34% of woodfuel harvesting is unsustainable, contributing to forest degradation, deforestation, and climate change.

Opportunity

  • More fuel-efficient stoves free up money previously used to buy fuel (wood or charcoal).
  • Greater fuel efficiency reduces the time women previously spent gathering fuel (up to 1 extra day a week!)
  • A mother can take advantage of increased available time and money to engage in micro-business.
  • Less time spent on fuel gathering increases time available for children to attend school