2015-05 May Newsletter

50,000 stoves!

Stove numbers are in! As of the close of 2014, StoveTeam-sponsored factories have produced and distributed more than 50,000 fuel-efficient cookstoves in Mexico and Central America. “When we started StoveTeam in 2008, reaching 50,000 households with our little stove was a goal,” said Nancy Hughes. “Seven years later, I’m enthusiastic about ensuring an additional 50,000 families receive the life-saving benefits of the Ecocina.”

We couldn’t have reached this milestone without you, our generous supporters and volunteers. Thank you! 

High school senior, Natalie Ayala, contributes time and passion in El Salvador

Inversiones Falcon, the StoveTeam sponsored factory in El Salvador was the lucky recipient of a father-daughter volunteer team from Los Angeles. This past January Natalie and Lazaro Ayala spent five days in El Salvador working on Natalie’s senior project. An aspiring non-profit administrator, Natalie developed her senior project with an eye toward providing children and families with tools to improve the quality of their lives. Together, she and her dad installed 25 stoves in homes around Lazaro’s hometown of San Ildefonso, often spending 8-10 hours each day on various projects. Natalie had this to say about her experience, “I learned a lot about myself that trip, and a lot about what I love to do and what I want to do with my life. I believe I worked harder and pushed myself more during these long work hours because I was so passionate about what I was doing.” Thank you, Natalie and Lazaro, for your commitment to helping people in need and for making StoveTeam a part of your senior project!

Carlos Santana continues support for StoveTeam

StoveTeam received a new grant from long-term supporter, Carlos Santana’s Milagro Foundation. The grant monies will be used to increase awareness of the dangers of open cooking fires and will be implemented by the E’Copan factory in Honduras. The project also includes the development of a womens’ sales network, in which 20 women with food businesses in local marketplaces will each be provided with a demonstration Ecocina cookstove and commissions for each stove sold. This project is a great way to support local women enterpreneurs while simultaneously increasing stove sales and benefiting local families. It is hoped that the stove price will also drop as a result of the increased sales. 

Celebrate Day of the Day in Guatemala

Only two spaces remain on StoveTeam’s trip to Guatemala. Join us during Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), improve your Spanish, explore Guatemala, and volunteer at the EcoComal factory.

From October 31 - November 8, 2015 volunteers will stay at the beautiful San Jose el Viejo Spanish School and receive half a day of one-on-one lessons with a local instructor. Each afternoon will be spent with Marco Tulio at the EcoComal factory, building and helping distribute stoves to a local community. Reserve a spot today and join us on this life-changing adventure!

For more information visit our website or contact Nancy Hughes.

Come see us on May 17th at the Wildflower Festival in Eugene

StoveTeam International will be represented at the Wildflower Festival at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum in Eugene this year! Come visit us and learn more about our upcoming trips, programmatic developments, and how you can get invovled.

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