Clean, Money Saving Stoves for Rwandan Orphanages



Improve health and decrease firewood expenditure of Orphanages in Rwanda with high-efficiency cook stoves. Stoves social enterprise reaches many orphanages around Rwanda feeding 100 people on average.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Most kitchens in Rwanda can be simply described as indoor campfires. The smoke from these campfires is so harmful that lower respiratory diseases are the second leading cause of death in Rwanda. The escalating demand of firewood and severe deforestation in Africa’s most populous nation lead to skyrocketing firewood prices. This expenditure consumes the majority of many Rwandan’s budgets. This pressure is magnified in orphanages serving over 100 people per day.

How will this project solve this problem?

Our high-efficiency cook stove is up to 75% more efficient than an indoor campfire. Correspondingly, it reduces firewood expenditure by 75%, which can be as high as $1000 per month, and virtually eliminates harmful smoke in the kitchen.

Potential Long Term Impact

After 5 years an estimated 720 stoves will be installed saving the orphanages a combined $874K in fuel. We will see health improvements for the people inhabiting these kitchens. 100,000 trees will be saved preventing 29,000 tons of CO2 emissions.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,710

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,710 .  The original project funding goal was $30,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Andrew Nelson

Boulder, Colorado United States

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