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Sustainable Rural Life



Sustainable Rural Life is the new face of the Hot Pot initiative that was launched by the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature in 2003. Delivering Hot Pots and training communities how to use them served as an effective introduction to clean cooking and provided an alternative to burning firewood in indigenous communities around the country. Now the project is to expand to include other Eco-technologies.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The World Health Organization estimates that the noxious smoke from traditional stoves is the 4th highest health risk factor in developing countries causing 1.9 premature deaths annually. In Mexico, rural communities suffer from the health effects of smoke inhalation and the economic and physical burden of collecting firewood. Since they typically surround priority conservation zones, members of these communities play an integral role in the preservation of our country's natural resources.

How will this project solve this problem?

Sustainable Rural Life addresses the social and environmental consequences of burning firewood for cooking, light and heat by gradually introducing Eco-technologies (mainly Clean Cookstoves and Hot Pots) that improve the health and household economy of rural communities in Mexico while reducing deforestation, the loss of biodiversity and the emission of greenhouse gasses.

Potential Long Term Impact

This is an integral project that offers diverse benefits for Mexican rural communities including long-term improvements in health, household budgets and the environment. The adoption of a Clean Cookstove reduces up to 95% of inhaled particles and soot generated by open-flame stoves and up to 60% of firewood consumption. The project also promotes gender equality since women reduce their daily exposure to smoke and strengthen their self-esteem as they become community leaders.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $640
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $24,360
Total Funding Goal: $25,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Project Leader

Vanessa Valdez

Special and Innovation Project Coordinator
Mexico City, Mexico

Where is this project located?

Map of Sustainable Rural Life
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