Solar Cooking to Help Women Affected by War

$1,690 $13,310
Raised Remaining


Solar Cooking to Help Women Affected by War will distribute market-tested durable but inexpensive solar cooking technology, the HotPot solar cooker, to 250 rural families

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

This project will reduce the need for wood and gas for cooking; reduce health problems associated with cooking over open fires: respiratory infections and burns; reduce head, neck, and back problems from carrying heavy loads of wood; reduce time spent foraging for wood and reduce household expenses for cooking fuel. In total, these efforts will focus on ten Salvadoran communities, with a total population of approximately 50,000 people, and distribute 250 HotPot solar cookers.

How will this project solve this problem?

Project coordinators and community trainers will establish groups of 15 - 25 women. They will lead each group in formal solar cooking training sessions. Once women have been trained, they will attend follow-up sessions once a month for six months.

Potential Long Term Impact

250 women will master solar cooking skills and will be consistently using solar energy to cook for their families, thus reducing wood and gas use, creating better health outcomes, and saving money; they will spur wider adoption of solar cooking.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,690

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 $1,690 .  The original project funding goal was $15,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Marie-Ange Binagwaho

Executive Director
Chevy Chase, Maryland United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Solar Cooking to Help Women Affected by War