An astounding 2.5 billion people around the world still use crude open fires fueled by coal, wood and charcoal to cook meals.
• In the rural developing world, over 90% of total energy consumption is wood or other biomass fuel.
• An estimated 25% of global co2 emissions are generated by the rural poor, more than all global transportation-related emissions combined.
• 1.6 million women and children per year—more than 4,000 per day—die from upper respiratory disease related to indoor cooking smoke.
• Women often walk 10+ miles and spend 30+ hours per week collecting wood.
• Families can spend over 35% of their annual income on wood or charcoal.
• One USD $20 Jiko Poa Stove = $280 in income saved.
• 1,300 fewer hours spent collecting fuel wood, hours that can be used in more productive activities.
• 128 trees saved from destruction for use as fuel wood or charcoal.
• 40% to 60% reduction in toxic emissions resulting in 7.5 metric tons of carbon offsets valued at $95—a 4x return on investment.
• A woman or child’s life saved from lack of smoke inhalation and severe burns from open fires.
• Every day over 2,500 women in poor rural communities around the world die from respiratory causes related to indoor smoke. Mothers typically have their children with them while cooking – almost 800,000 children under age five die annually from daily exposure to cooking smoke. In some regions of Kenya, women must travel long distances to gather wood and are subject to attacks ranging from theft and beatings to rape and death.
Cookstoves save lives and protect the environment.