Enabling the Adoption of Improved Cookstoves

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Three billion people around the world cook their food by burning charcoal, wood, and biomass on open fires or rudimentary stoves. This has massive health, economic, and environmental repercussions.


Health Crisis

Pollution from open fire cooking kills over 4.3 million people each year; more than malaria, AIDS, and tuberculosis combined. Women and children are disproportionately impacted.


Economic Burden

In many developing contries, families spend up to ⅓ of their income on fuel, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. In other areas where fuel cannot be purchased, women and children are forced to walk up to 6 hours per day to collect firewood.


Environmental Impact

Collection of firewood is one of the biggest driving forces behind deforestation worldwide, and black carbon emitted from these fires is responsible for an estimated 18% of the earth’s rising temperature.


These are big problems, but improved cookstoves are an important solution. 

Our Berkeley Darfur Stove, uses 66% less fuel than open fires and emits 77% less smoke.


To date, we have sold or distributed almost 50,000 improved cookstoves in Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and India.


If you share our passion for improving lives in developing countries and want to help, please donate.