Constructing Fuel-Efficient Stoves in Guatemala

Apr 23, 2012

A holistic approach to building stoves

In the communities of Totonicapán, Guatemala, we have recently built 75 stoves. Each stove represents a family that can breathe easier in their home due to the benefits of having a new, fuel-efficient stove with a chimney that channels smoke outside the home and away from the lungs of family members, including women and children. EcoLogic’s program includes hands-on workshops in which women learn how to build and properly maintain their stoves. As part of the program families must also commit to some form of environmental stewardship. This can range from tending to a community tree nursery, engaging in sustainable agriculture, or reforesting areas around water sources.

To date, 50 of the goal of 75 families, across 7 communities, have supported the production of native trees to be planted in one of 8 nurseries in Totonicapán!

The holistic element of family participation through environmental stewardship has proven to be an essential element of the program and one of the key reasons for its success.

With your continued support we will expand out project and meet our goals.



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Project Leader

Alexa Piacenza

Program Associate
Cambridge, MA United States

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