The Shape Lives Foundation is providing fuel- efficient cooking stoves to impoverished families that cannot afford to buy at cash price in the market. In return, these families plant Moringa trees and nurture them to grow either at their gardens, farms and other designated places for their nutritional needs, protect the environment and to reduce global warming.
Half the world's population-3 billion people-cook with wood, charcoal, dung, coal or agricultural residues on simple traditional stoves or open fires. Breathing the smoke from those stoves causes a stunning variety of acute and chronic illnesses-pneumonia, emphysema, cataracts, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease, and low birth weight-all contributing to an estimated 1.9 million premature deaths every year-more than double the global death toll of malaria, according to WHO
The Shape Lives Foundation does purchase the stoves from dealers in Ghana and distribute to selected beneficiaries considering the need and their willingness to plant and nurture at least 5 Moringa trees in return. The beneficiries are taken through training to understand why they have to use fuel-efficient stoves and the need to plant Moringa trees for their nutritional needs, protect the environment and to reduce global warming.
*As these stoves use less wood, loggers have less demand so less trees will be logged.
* Families pay to purchase wood as cooking fuel. With a less need for wood, family income rises.
* Typical stoves release clouds of toxic smoke into the home as there is no 'chimney' or exhaust tube. * These stoves drastically reduces particulates, which means that the families receiving them will have better health than otherwise.
*For women who cook and sell, these stoves allow to cook faster