Most kitchens in Rwanda can be simply described as indoor campfires. The smoke from these campfires is so harmful that lower respiratory diseases are the second leading cause of death in Rwanda. The escalating demand of firewood and severe deforestation in Africa’s most populous nation lead to skyrocketing firewood prices. This expenditure consumes the majority of many Rwandan’s budgets. This pressure is magnified in orphanages serving over 100 people per day.
Our high-efficiency cook stove is up to 75% more efficient than an indoor campfire. Correspondingly, it reduces firewood expenditure by 75%, which can be as high as $1000 per month, and virtually eliminates harmful smoke in the kitchen.
After 5 years an estimated 720 stoves will be installed saving the orphanages a combined $874K in fuel. We will see health improvements for the people inhabiting these kitchens. 100,000 trees will be saved preventing 29,000 tons of CO2 emissions.