Low Tech/High Impact Cookstoves for Moroccan Women

by Near East Foundation (NEF) Vetted since 2008 Site Visit Verified


Fuel-efficient cook stoves and ovens made from clay reduce women's hard labor for firewood collection, diminish harmful smoke, protect the environment, make time for more education & income generation

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Moroccan girls as young as 8 and women as old as 60 spend as much as 120 hours finding firewood for essential cooking and heating. Simple clay appliances can reduce this labor & decrease wood consumption by 50% (30,000+ tons of wood saved annually in 7 villages alone). Reduce health hazards & premature aging; increase enthusiasm/energy for education; make more time for income generating activities.


Provide fuel-efficient cook stoves and baking ovens to Berber village women in Morocco's High Atlas Mountains. Train local women leaders to teach other women & girls their use. Reinforce education/self-improvement & supplemental income.

Long-Term Impact

Demonstration that simple changes can signficantly improve quality of life for entire families. Far-reaching impact for continuing female education. Reversal of environmental degradation. Model for widespread replication.

Additional Documentation

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


Fuel-Efficient Cook Stoves for Moroccan Villagers
2005 Annual Report Morocco
'I Don't Really Like School...But My Father Says'
Education Reform in Rural Morocco Obtains Funding

Organization Information

Near East Foundation (NEF)

Location: Syracuse, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.neareast.org
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Roger Hardister
Regional Director, Near East Foundation
Garden City, Cairo, Egypt Egypt

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