Three billion people around the world cook their food by burning charcoal, wood, and biomass in open fires or rudimentary stoves. This has massive health, economic, and environmental repercussions.
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.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 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 miles per day to collect fuel for fires.
Collection of firewood is one of the biggest driving forces behind deforestation in Sub-Saharan Africa, and sunlight-absorbing black carbon emitted from these fires is responsible for an estimated 18% of the earth’s rising temperature.
These are big problems, but there are solutions. Improved cookstoves consume up to 60% less fuel than open fires and burn cleaner, producing less smoke and other harmful toxins.
We’ve distributed more than 45,000 improved cookstoves to families in Darfur, Sudan.
We've also launched a second social enterprise aimed at improving access to stoves and renewable fuels in Kampala, Uganda.