Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala

by EcoLogic Development Fund
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Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala
Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

I hope this message finds you well! I am excited to share a few updates from Guatemala with you.

This year we started a collaboration with StoveTeam International. We are working together to pilot 10 stoves of the Justa Chapina model with the communities we work with in Totonicapán. First, Freddy one of our community project stove-builders got trained and certified on how to build the Justa Chapina model, with special attention to the combustion chamber to ensure optimum fuel efficiency.

Then in August, we moved forward with the construction of the 10 stoves and so far the reviews have been very positive. We are now in the process of conducting a more formal evaluation of the users’ satisfaction and the efficiency achieved in real-world conditions. I will keep you posted on the results!

Thank you so very much for your support! We truly could not do it without you. I work with these communities day in and day out. I know how much they appreciate the positive impact you are making in their lives and on their forests through your support of EcoLogic. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with me at mdeleon@ecologic.org.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Program Officer, Guatemala

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Testing the Justa 3D Model, photo credit: AHDESA.
Testing the Justa 3D Model, photo credit: AHDESA.

Dear GlobalGiving Supporter,

Thank you so much for your support of our project! We are incredibly grateful. As World Environment Day approaches, we are reminded that there is only one Earth. We are in awe of the wonders our planet provides for us and are continuously made aware of the many ways it is threatened. At EcoLogic, we strive to be agents of change for the conservation and restoration of nature.

Building and installing fuel-efficient stoves in rural homes of Mexico and Central America is one of the ways in which we do that. We recently interviewed Anibal Osorto Pinel, Executive Director of the Honduran Association for Development (AHDESA). AHDESA has been a strategic partner of EcoLogic's fuel-efficient stove program in Honduras since 2018. Anibal explains why more efficient cookstoves are a gamechanger for many rural households. 

What kind of changes can an efficient cookstove bring to the life of a rural family - particularly women?

The high dependence on firewood in Honduras is linked to the high rate of poverty and limited access to cleaner and more efficient technologies. While in other countries perhaps the consumption of firewood is seen as something “romantic” or that dates back to the past, in Honduras the use of firewood is a necessity. 

Having the population stop using firewood for cooking is not achievable in the short or medium term. For this reason, we have to bet on technologies that make use of fuel that is realistic and accessible to the majority of the population, but that use those resources more efficiently and sustainably.

I will share a personal story. In 2002, the doctors did an x-ray on my grandmother's lungs since she was about to have a surgical procedure. After looking at the x-ray, the first thing the doctor asked me was if my grandmother smoked. I had never seen my grandmother with a cigarette in her hands. His second question was: "Does your grandmother cook with firewood?" My answer was affirmative. "That's why she has smoker's lungs" was the doctor's reply.

Consequently, we decided to build an improved stove for my grandmother. My grandmother learned to use it in no time. She had three trees trimmed once a year in her yard, and the firewood from the pruning lasted three months with her Justa improved stove. 

Thanks to the stove, my grandmother lived many more years without the risk of more serious diseases in her lungs due to indoor air pollution from cooking in the house. This story motivated me, even more, to carry on our project and work to reduce firewood consumption and eliminate dangerous smoke from the homes of Latin America.

Can you give us a summary of your experience in the design of fuel-efficient wood stoves?

My experience with stoves began in 1999 when I was a university student. Dr. Larry Winiarski and his collaborators from the Aprovecho Research Center came to Honduras to conduct workshops on wood stoves with rocket combustion chambers and the first improved version of the wood-saving  "Justa" stove model was developed. Once I graduated, I started working for the Honduran Association for Development (AHDESA) on the first projects in the country to improve Justa-type stoves. Over the years, my team and I have made several changes to enhance the efficiency of these models, from changing the dimensions of the “plancha” or griddle to the design of the combustion chamber to the internal direction of the flame to improve heat distribution. We are currently working on the third model of Justa, the "Justa 3D".

What expectations does AHDESA have for the Justa 3D model in 2022 and the future?

The goal is to begin the construction of the new model in the second half of 2022. 1,500 units of Justa 3D will be financed with donations. We also plan to obtain other sources of financing through the carbon credit market with our Category A Justa 3D stove and increase the number of models produced year after year at the national level.

EcoLogic and AHDESA expect to pilot 10 Justa 3D model stoves this year. We will keep you posted!

Thank you for your support! We cannot do it without you!

Barbara Vallarino, Executive Director

Heat distribution, photo credit: AHDESA.
Heat distribution, photo credit: AHDESA.
Heat distribution, photo credit: AHDESA.
Heat distribution, photo credit: AHDESA.
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Dear GlobalGiving Supporter,

Happy New Year!

With your help, over the last year, we worked hand-in-hand with our local community partners to plant over 120,000 native trees, cultivate another 293,400 seedlings, install 538 fuel-efficient stoves, and establish 44 hectares of sustainable farming. This year we are on track to do even more.

I wanted to share this brief video from one family in Guatemala, whose lives are better because of you. They share: “Really, this is a big help. This is a community that lives in poverty. These projects help us to have livelihood alternatives.”

The majority of rural households in Mexico and Central America use wood-burning stoves to cook their food, which is both detrimental to human health and the environments around them. 

EcoLogic works with local partners and communities to install fuel-efficient wood stoves in Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras to reduce the pressure on standing forests and mangroves and improve the lives of the people with whom we work.

Stay tuned for more updates! I look forward to sharing our progress and the impact your support is having. We are deeply grateful.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Guatemala Program Officer

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Heidi visiting with one of the families
Heidi visiting with one of the families

Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

Thank you for your incredible generosity, without which this work would not be possible.

We’ve made a lot of progress over the last few months, since my last update. We delivered 36 fuel-efficient Chispa stoves to the communities of San Juan and Barra Sarstun in the Sarstun Multiple Use Area in Livingston, Guatemala. We will be conducting workshops on their use and maintenance this week!

For the joint project between the Municipality of Totonicapán and EcoLogic, we have carried out 100 socioeconomic diagnoses in different communities of the Municipality. The next step this month is the delivery of materials to each community and a second home visit to supervise the construction of the 100 fuel-efficient stoves.

We have been working with Heidi, a graduate student from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala, to implement some of the stoves and preliminary analysis. She notes: 

“In my experience during home visits to potential beneficiaries, I can really see the interest from families and the willingness to collaborate with the project by contributing their local materials toward the process (block, sand, clay).”

She adds: “After the formal delivery of the stove and recommendations for its use, you can witness the joy of each family in using their fuel-efficient stove. You can see the satisfaction and gratitude toward the organization and the people who make this change possible for the better in their home.”

We received a special request from the Office for the Defense of Indigenous Women in Totonicapán. They requested a fuel-efficient stove for a single mother who has been a victim of domestic violence. She lives with her four children in a very small space, where the same area she uses to sleep is the one she uses to cook. We will be working with them to build a stove that will reduce the smoke and pollution inside their small home, making it safer for all.

Stay tuned for more updates! I look forward to sharing our progress and the impact your support is having. We are deeply grateful.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Program Officer

Recently constructed stove in Totonicapan
Recently constructed stove in Totonicapan
Cooking area in home before fuel-efficient stove
Cooking area in home before fuel-efficient stove
Delivery of 36 Chispa stoves
Delivery of 36 Chispa stoves
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Dear GlobalGiving Supporters,

I am so grateful to you for your commitment and support! Thank you. I wanted to provide an update on our work with fuel-efficient stoves in Totonicapan. Since my last update, we have completed 30 and are working on another 80!

We have been working with Heidi, a graduate student from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala, to implement some of the stoves and preliminary analysis. She notes of the process in the community of Pasajoc:

“The beneficiary families currently cook on the ground making use of blocks, stones, and pieces of iron to support their cooking utensils. This translates into excessive use of firewood, heavy economic expenses for the families, burning accidents--especially in children, and health problems due to the effect of smoke, ash, and dust.

The beneficiary families were pre-selected by the community authorities of the Canton  Pasajoc. Subsequently, home visits were carried out to determine the needs presented by the families. The visits to the families were coordinated and accompanied by the community authorities. With each family, we conducted direct dialogue and completed a survey sheet to respond correctly to the need and context. Many of the women reported frequent headaches and eye inflammation from the smoke.

The use of a wood-saving stove will contribute greatly to the families, mainly in reducing firewood. If the use of firewood is reduced, the felling of trees also reduces, favoring the conservation of the communal forest and its water springs. Through the implementation of the project, accompanied by a training process, a degree of awareness in relation to the care and conservation of the environment is also achieved with the beneficiary families.”

We also recently launched the reforestation campaign in Totonicapan. From May to September, over 120,000 seedlings will be planted in degraded areas of the forest by community groups and village committees.

Thank you so very much for your support! We truly could not do it without you. I work with these communities day in and day out. I know how much they appreciate the positive impact you are making in their lives and on their forests through your support of EcoLogic. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch with me at mdeleon@ecologic.org.

In solidarity,

Mario Ardany de Leon, Program Officer, Guatemala

Cooking before a fuel-efficient stove
Cooking before a fuel-efficient stove
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