Gustavo Peña departed El Salvador last Wednesday, June 15 for San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to help our partners there set up StoveTeam's latest Ecocina factory. The San Miguel de Allende Rotary Club along with local factory operators, Saul and Eric, have been working extra hard ever since Gustavo arrived to learn to make quality Ecocinas as well as set up an efficient factory. Read More..
After almost two weeks of late-night meetings with little food, Nancy will return to Oregon tomorrow with a secured group, Rotary club, and factory site, for a stove factory in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. Here's how she describes the last few days on the road: Read More..
Jinny Ralls and I are here in lovely Oaxaca to see if there is interest in establishing a new factory to produce Ecocina stoves in this region of Mexico. When we arrived, we were immediately met by Bricia, a Rotarian who was previously trained by Larry Winiarski, the inventor of the rocket elbow for stoves for the developing world. Bricia is a former Rotary exchange student and is currently working with a Rotary grant from Fresno, California to introduce both solar stoves, rocket stoves and "hayboxes". All of this is known as the "integrated cooking method" and has been promoted by Wilfred Pimentel of Fresno Rotary for years. Bricia knows people in all four Rotary clubs in Oaxaca and has promised to set up a meeting for all of us so we can present the idea of an Ecocina factory to everyone and see which Rotary might be interested in the project. Read More..
I have had the pleasure to spend a couple of days in Pleasant Hill at Bob Way's shop learning how to make Ecocina stoves. It is quite an involved process! From sewing the wire basket to welding the handles on the comal, it takes a whole variety of tasks and tools. Bob has been an excellent and very patient teacher along the way. Except for a leak that we couldn't seem to patch while pouring concrete into the mold and welding a couple of things upside-down, I think we did a pretty awesome job. Read More..
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.