Protect the Rainforest & Indigenous Health, Mexico

Dec 13, 2007

December 2007 Update

Four “model” wood-saving stoves were constructed in three communities in the Zona Sur of Chiapas. DESMI organized workshops and site visits to train community members on how to construct and use a wood-saving stove. In addition, DESMI has surveyed the communities where the stoves were constructed to keep track of how many people are participating in these workshops.

Here are the results of that survey: • 24 families have participate in wood-saving stove-related workshops • Of these 24 families, 8 families constructed their wood-saving stoves. • 9 families have their wood-saving stoves but have not participated in any of DESMI workshops to learn how to properly use these stoves. • 17 families from 7 communities constructed wood-saving stoves without DESMI’s assistance but want to participate in DESMI’s workshops.

In general, the benefits expressed by those with a wood-saving stove listed the following: 1) Saving wood 2) Better conditions of kitchen tools 3) Women are no longer exposed to smoke pollution 4) Women have no more direct contact with the stove’s heat. 5) Food is cooked faster due to the stove’s structure that helps concentrate heat.


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Gillian Wilson

IDEX Latin America Program Director
San Francisco, CA United States

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