2011-03 March Newsletter

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March Newsletter

Case Story:
Copán, Honduras Factory

In our January newsletter, we highlighted our first factory in El Salvador and the drive and determination of factory owner, Gustavo Peña.

This month we will feature our newest, and rapidly-growing factory in Copán Ruinas, Honduras and factory owner Anibal Murcia.

Anibal and his son, Eduardo in the factory lobby.

Anibal completed his studies in the school of agriculture at John F. Kennedy La Ceiba Atlantida, Honduras. He has worked with indigenous groups - mainly the Lenca and Chorti - doing sustainable agriculture and forestry. From 2005-2009, he was the vice-mayor of the municipality of Copán Ruinas. He is married to Norma Rosanna Berganza and they have two children, Eduardo, 17 and Anett, 9.

Anibal's background in both agricultural development and politics are what make him an exceptional technical manager and community leader. Anyone who has the pleasure of meeting Anibal is struck by his genuine sincerity, attention to detail, and dedication to the betterment of the health and environment of his community. Presently, Anibal is one of the 9 members of the municipal government and serves on the local council on the environment.  

Anibal demonstrating the Ecocina.
Not only has Anibal dedicated his life to the success of this project, but his wife Rosanna, and son Eduardo also assist with the administrative side of the business. The Murcia family is hard-working, dedicated and compassionate towards their community. We believe it's hardly coincidental that they are already expanding so rapidly, having produced 1,400 Ecocinas since July 2010. 

Interested in going on a
volunteer trip?

A group of StoveTeam volunteers will travel to Copán Ruinas, Honduras in early November 2011 for a week-long volunteer trip. This trip will involve in-depth household stove testing as well as various construction projects at the factory, a chance to make Ecocina stoves and attend cooking demonstrations in communities. The trip will be limited to 20 people, so sign up early! 

For more information visit the Volunteer section of our website or email

Presented Prestigious Award
at PCIA Forum

StoveTeam received the Special Achievement Award in Developing Local Markets at the U.S. EPA-sponsored Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Forum in Lima, Peru last month.

     President and Founder, Nancy Hughes was invited to speak to the international audience on the topic of "Manufacturing Approaches to Enhance Stove Performance."

Highlighted in this year's conference was the establishment of the 
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a $250 million initiative led by the UN Foundation. The initiative will include nine sector-specific working groups with the goal of providing 100 million households with clean cooking solutions by 2020.

StoveTeam Featured
in Oregon Quarterly

The Spring Edition of the University or Oregon publication has a two page spread on StoveTeam and recent happenings.

Save the Date!
April 23, 2011

A traditional West African music and dance performance supporting a stove factory in Tamale, Ghana with performances at
2pm and 8pm. Will be held in the Dougherty Dance Theatre at the University of Oregon.

This event is co-sponsored by Ghana Dance Ensemble, Abibigromma, and University of Oregon's Dance Africa Ensemble.
All proceeds will go towards providing
fuel-efficient stoves to those in need.

More information will be available in our
April newsletter and on our website:
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