Over 25 million Ugandans are affected by indoor air pollution from dirty cooking. We're piloting programs to improve access to best-in-class stoves, which give off less smoke and cut fuel expenditures in half. We're also distributing briquettes, a green alternative to charcoal.
We give women the opportunity to get a hands-on look at our stoves by making them available in local markets in Kampala. We also partner with schools, hospitals, churches, farmer's groups and corporations to market our stoves to employees and community groups.
Our work in Uganda builds on what we've learned in Sudan. We offer stoves to women on a leasing model that requires very little upfront cost, removing the biggest barrier to getting a stove, and giving them the opportunity to transform the way that the cook.
Charcoal production and harvesting of wood for cooking is the major cause of deforestation in Uganda. In an effort to permanently shift people away from reliance on charcoal, we promote charcoal briquettes; a locally made, sustainable fuel. Charcoal briquettes can be made from charcoal dust that accumulates in charcoal markets and is otherwise wasted, or they can be made from carbonized organic waste such as sugar cane stalks, maize cobs, and other agricultural residues.