StoveTeam helps local entrepreneurs establish factories in Latin America. These self-sustaining businesses produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. Ecocina factories have produced more than 44,600 stoves, improving the lives of more than 334,000 people.
StoveTeam’s model has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for our innovative approach creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution.
The annual health and environmental impact of open fire cooking:
Health: 4 million deaths each year
Each year toxic smoke from open cooking fires causes four million deaths worldwide and is the leading cause of death in children under five.
Safety: 4 million reported burns annually
Four million women and children suffer painful and debilitating burns from their cooking fires.
Environment: One billion tons of GHGs emitted each year
500 million cook fires emit nearly one billion tons of greenhouse gases each year and cause massive deforestation.
Poverty: 20 hours a week spent collecting firewood
An average man, woman or child spends 20 hours each week gathering wood. Wood collection takes valuable time that could be spent at work or school.