Program: Clean Cookstoves
Cookstove Type: Rocket Stove
Cookstoves Built: 100 (pilot project)
About 75% of families in Uganda cook over open wood fires and cannot afford electric or gas stoves or access to alternative fuel sources. These open, wood fires create serious problems including deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. In an effort to alleviate these issues, Trees, Water & People and its partner, Rodelle, the largest vanilla importer in the United States, are providing clean cookstoves made from sustainable materials to Ugandan vanilla farmers. These stoves will improve families' lives by decreasing deforestation and high fuelwood costs.
Focus groups in the local villages helped to determine the preferences and needs of women who received these clean cookstoves. Information gathered from these focus groups led to the selection of the rocket stove as the least expensive and most fuel efficient stove design for the farmers. In March 2011, 100 rocket stoves were distributed to 50 families, with a goal of reaching the remaining 9,000 households within the next 2-5 years.
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