2016-05 May Newsletter

Welcome Inara Fernandez!

We are excited to welcome Inara Fernandez, a native of Puerto Rico, as the newest member of our team. In July, Inara will join StoveTeam as the Volunteer and Program Coordinator. She completed her MA at The University of Oregon in International Studies with a focus on sustainable agriculture and food security. For her research, she traveled to Guatemala where she spoke to farmers, chefs and commodity traders on the importance of cultural specificity in combating malnutrition. She has a background in digital communication and journalism and looks forward to working with our factory partners and with you as a StoveTeam volunteer.

Estelí, Nicaragua factory under construction

Springfield Rotary Club, under the direction of Mike Fischnaller, and Washington-based nonprofit Families United, is proud that the Estelí Nicaragua stove factory is now under construction. That factory will be bringing fuel-efficient Ecocina cookstoves to both Esteli and all of the people of Nicaragua.

Anibal Murcia of Honduras, Bob Way and StoveTeam staff will visit Nicaragua in June to assist with factory layout and begin training Lester Molina and the local factory staff on the production, sales, and marketing of the Ecocina. Once the factory is up and running, we will let you know when you can help with further construction projects and stove production. 

Understanding the impact of fuel-efficient stoves

Katie Laughlin and Kim Forrest, current StoveTeam staff, recently returned from Guatemala where they learned from experts at Berkeley Air Monitoring Group and Winrock Foundation how to design and implement a study on the use and adoption of fuel-efficient cookstoves.

Working in collaboration with Ecocomal Stove Factory, over the course of the next four months, StoveTeam will be studying cookstove use in two communities near the town of Guanagazapa, Guatemala. The study will help judge and improve acceptance rates, encourage adoption, and advocate for strong support of cookstove implementation projects among policy makers and non-governmental organizations.  

Volunteer trips to Antigua, Guatemala are filling up!

Apply now! There are only a few spaces left in the volunteer trips to Guatemala!

Join us either from November 5-13, 2016 or January 21-29, and improve your Spanish, explore Antigua, and volunteer for a StoveTeam!

Participants will stay at the beautiful San Jose el Viejo Spanish School and each morning will receive private lessons with a local instructor. Afternoons will be spent building stoves with Marco Tulio at the EcoComal stove factory or helping distribute stoves to a local community.

The cost of the trip is tax-deductable. Reserve a spot today by completing the trip application forms found here

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