Things here have been really, really hectic, but quite productive.
We arrived a day after Gustavo and a few days after my neighbor, Stephanie Wood, who is operating a six week educational institute for teachers. We have all been staying in the same hotel, so it's really been fun. Stephanie helped connect us with her assistant whose name is Bertha. Bertha is AMAZING! Before we arrived she helped Gustavo find wood, a cook, masa, etc., etc. as well as commandeering the hotel staff to help Gustavo repair the one stove that was broken. It looked as if the people who transported it dropped in soundly on the side cracking not only the bottom of the stove, the base of the rim, but the entire inside. After Bertha found a kilo of cement, tiles and pumice, Alfredo from the hotel helped Gustavo do the repair. Read More..
Yesterday was incredibly productive and it started with a good breakfast of eggs and beans in Gustavo Peña's (El Salvador factory owner) room and was quickly followed by the arrival of Irma and the crew who Stephanie Wood (a professor from the University of Oregon) had arranged to help us with the demonstration at the organic market in Xochimilco. Irma arrived with two kilos of masa, a table for the stove, and a load of wood. Gustavo and Stephanie had arranged everything and they had even introduced Irma to the stove the day before. Evidently the entire hotel staff helped as the stove was set up in the parking lot. Irma immediately loved it and it didn't take much to convince her that this was a great invention. Read More..
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..