Clean, Money Saving Stoves for Rwandan Orphanages

by Engineers Without Borders - Boulder


Improve health and decrease firewood expenditure of Orphanages in Rwanda with high-efficiency cook stoves. Stoves social enterprise reaches many orphanages around Rwanda feeding 100 people on average.
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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

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


Rwanda Team of CU Boulder Engineers w/​o Borders
CU Boulder Engineers w/​o Borders
Project Leader:
Andrew Nelson
Boulder, Colorado United States

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