StoveTeam Blog

08 Mar

Smoke Gets In her Eyes

The other evening I was at an ELAW reception for environmental attorneys from 40 countries.  It was a small group, and I met a nice student from Kenya.  She asked me what I did, and I explained that StoveTeam worked to replace smoky open fires with clean cookstoves.  Her response….
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17 Feb

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06 Oct

Ecocina recognized for adoption success

Ecocina Recognized for Achieving Adoption Success in Central America According to Independent Research Group and Funded for Further Study
It's the most crucial question in any clean cookstove project: will the target population be wiling to replace their open fires with stoves?

It may be surprising to hear that the biggest hurdle clean cookstove projects must overcome is simply convincing people to replace a dangerous source of potential burns, respiratory diseases, and physical irritation found right inside their homes. However, socio-cultural influences can drive people to cling to traditional open fires. Cookstoves that fall short of cultural expectations and functionality for cooking traditional meals will never be accepted. Also, poor training on stove use and care can often lead to stoves being left unused. Furthermore, populations that have had bad experiences with previously tried cookstoves might be hesitant to try again.

A recent study published by the Stockhold Environmental Institute determined the Ecocina is the only fully portable rocket stove that has achieved adoption success among Central American families. Of thirty-three clean cook stoves for sale on the Central American market, the Ecocina is one of six stoves determined to be meeting with success, according to metrics used by the study. For the full study, see here:

Why has the Ecocina been sucessfully adopted while other stoves have fallen flat?Ecocinas are introduced to the population through formal usage and care trainings by factory representatives. If subsidized, factories are encouraged to require a small payment from the end user. Follow-up visits help troubleshoot any problems end users may be having.

Our understanding of how Ecocinas are used in the field can always be better! StoveTeam International and the StoveTeam-sponsored EcoComal factory in Guatemala were selected as one of only three recipients worldwide from over seventy applicants for a formal field training and study to evaluate Ecocina usage in people's homes. In the study to take place in early 2016, Winrock International and the U.S. EPA will use field interviews and stove use monitors to provide more evidence of Ecocina adoption.

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03 Jul

Investing in Social Impact

Ecocina manufacturingFoundations and individual donors alike are looking more and more to social entrepreneurs to solve the world’s social problems by investing in innovative approaches with potential for large-scale impact. StoveTeam International couldn’t agree more with this approach – our model illustrates that achieving a high return on an initial social business investment is indeed possible.

Since 2008, StoveTeam-sponsored businesses have produced and sold more than 50,000 clean-burning and fuel-efficient stoves in five countries in Latin America, impacting 373,000 men, women, and children. If the total combined investment of $750,000 to start these businesses had been used simply to buy stoves at an average cost of $55 per stove, StoveTeam would have distributed far fewer stoves – approximately 36,000 fewer.

StoveTeam’s promotion of the local production of life saving stoves through sustainable, independently owned and operated social businesses extends beyond the stoves produced and the families served. We impact a community from the ground up by stimulating local economic growth, providing jobs, and supporting local services, while simultaneously producing a product that benefits health and protects the environment.  Read More..

22 Jun

StoveTeam Recognized with National Energy Globe Award for good work in Honduras!

StoveTeam and Honduran partner E’Copan were recognized with the National Energy Globe Award for helping combat deforestation and overconsumption of firewood in Honduras. More than half the population of Honduras uses wood for cooking, a factor that, over the last quarter century, has led to the disappearance of greater than a third of Honduras’ forests. The E’Copan factory began in 2010 with a grant from Copan Ruinas and Eugene Southtowne Rotary Clubs, and with support from StoveTeam International. Since 2010, E’Copan has sold approximately 6,000 cookstoves.

The Energy Globe Award is supported by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and done in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). “As one of only 177 winners out of 1,500 applicants, we are thrilled to receive this prestigious award,” said program director, Katie Laughlin, “and are honored to be recognized among the many worthwhile entities working to advance sustainable solutions to global environmental challenges.” StoveTeam and E’Copan will be evaluated automatically for the Energy Globe World Award.

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