StoveTeam International promotes the local production, distribution, and proper use of safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace indoor open-fire cooking in Latin America.
StoveTeam International promotes the local production of safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves in Latin America. Regional factories producing the stoves elevate local economies while families receiving stoves are able to enjoy a healthier living environment for generations to come due to dramatically reduced smoke in the home. Wood usage is 50% less with a stove, reducing the amount of time families need to gather wood, and saving forests from over-harvesting.
Globally, three billion people cook or heat their homes using open fires and solid fuels. As a result, more than four million people die prematurely and more than one billion tons of greenhouse gases are emitted annually. Our worlds forests are also disappearing due to the over-harvesting of trees for fuel. StoveTeam International promotes the local production of fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace open fires in the developing world. By helping to establish locally owned and operated businesses, StoveTeam not only benefits clean cookstove recipients, but supports local economics and employment.
Estufa Justa - metal griddle stove that is built onto a base that the family contributes, along with other building materials.
We provide affordable, improved cookstoves for people cooking over open fires.
We are starting a new project to build efficient metal griddle stoves and cover communities to 90% with Justa stoves, in hopes to eliminate indoor air pollution. Our field worker in Antigua connects with communities and municipalities to discuss the future of stove projects that collaborate with families and the project to build Justa stoves. We target the poorest people who need a metal griddle stove the most, especially those with children.
We provide improved cookstoves for people cooking over open fires in Latin America. 3 billion people cook over open fires worldwide, causing 4 million deaths per year, and 4 million burns. Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/household-air-pollution...
Over the last 11 years, StoveTeam has helped entrepreneurs in Latin America to start 4 successful factories, which have produced 76,300 stoves, improving the lives of over half a million people! These stoves have also saved nearly one million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Our impact is largely measured by the number of stoves built and distributed by our partner factories. We conduct monitoring and evaluation studies regularly to test stove longevity and adoption.
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As we have added more factories, programs and geographic regions to our programming, StoveTeam's staff has grown (to a current total of 4) and our roles have diversified to ensure we are doing everything we can to support our partner factories.
In the past year, StoveTeam's key offerings have expanded to include education programs currently being conducted in Honduras and El Salvador.
Our locations have expanded to include Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
In the next 12 months, StoveTeam hopes to foster our partner factories to grow to a stove-building capacity that allows them to drive the cost per stove down and reach even more markets.
We also hope to optimize communications with all of our partner factories to better understand their needs, and how we can assist them.
We hope to continue building our impact, through education programs that bring knowledge about stoves to populations that wouldn't otherwise understand the importance of safe cooking.
Over the last 11 years we have changed the lives of over half a million people. Our goal is to bring stoves to one million more people in the next five years.
Long term, StoveTeam is always looking for entrepreneurs to start more stove factories and/or distribution centers, so that our life-changing stoves can reach regions and populations currently unable to afford or obtain stoves. Our model of assisting local entrepreneurs to start their own factories is already an important part of the mission to make cooking over safe cookstoves the norm in Latin America, but there is still so much work to do. Our goal is to expand our model to as much of Latin America as possible, enriching local economies by creating local jobs and sourcing local materials, and saving lives through the reduction of smoke in the home.
We are always looking to improve our stove designs by implementing improvements like chimneys and larger cooking surfaces, and we're helping all of our factories to improve their reach through best business practices and advertising strategies.
In the long term, we hope to see all of our partner factories thrive and to use the same model to start many more factories across Latin America in the coming months and years!