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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the Energy Globe Award. Read More..
Hello from Antigua!
Thank you all for going with us in February to Antigua! I am here with Marco tulio again and a bunch of UO students continuing the good work you started. Read More..
This morning, I'm sitting out on the patio of Casa de Cafe looking out over the palms and flowering bird of paradise. Part of our group has gone off with a guide to visit the ruins, and another group has gone to Macaw Mountain to visit the birds. One dedicated volunteer has gone back to the factory site to help finish the cement floor, and one guy is hanging out in his room recovering from a bout of “tourista”. Yes, it does happen, but it was a quick recovery. He is well, but just suffering from lack of sleep and caffeine. Read More..
Nothing can stand in the way of a group of dedicated volunteers helping Anibal and Rossana Murcias build a new factory - not even a volcanic eruption near Antigua, Guatemala that forced the multi-day closure of the Guatemala City airport! This group of 14 means business and they’ve been getting down to it over the last few days. Read More..