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
Serbelia using on a open-pit fire.
Serbelia using on a open-pit fire.

In August, 2009, EcoLogic posted to Global Giving our project to construct 150 fuel-efficient stoves in Guatemala. Now, two years later your support is still helping families and conserving precious natural resources. On a recent trip to Guatemala, EcoLogic’s field staff met with a recipient of a fuel-efficient stove. Here is her story:

“My name is Serbelia Grave Caal. I am Maya Q’eqchi’. I have 10 children. In 2010 I was the beneficiary of an EcoLogic fuel-efficient stove. I contributed 2 bags of sand, 20 bricks, 2 bags of clay, and my time in assisting the mason to build the stove. I also committed to establishing an agroforestry plot. The trees in my plot will help provide the firewood for cooking. I do not have to go into the forest as much to look for fuel.

When the stove was built EcoLogic field staff told us that we would save a lot of wood. At first I did not believe them, but then I realized the truth and the stove has really changed a lot of things in my life. We cut down fewer trees for firewood and the children have more time to study. My family does not get eye and lung infections like they used to when there was smoke in the kitchen, I have experienced fewer burns, and I no longer suffer from back pain because the stove is a suitable height for cooking. Before, when I cooked on the ground on an open-pit fire I used 4 bundles of wood a week. Now, with my new stove, I only need 1/3 of what I used to and there is no need for thick logs. I am very happy with my stove and it is really helping me. I wish that all families had an EcoLogic stove like me, so we would all be helping to conserve the forest and live healthier lives.”

Serbelia's life has changed for the better due to your support. Today, I invite you to continue making a difference with a gift that can help families like Serbelia's conserve nature and improve their lives.

On behalf of Serbelia and all of us here at EcoLogic, thank you!

Serbelia using her new fuel-efficient stove.
Serbelia using her new fuel-efficient stove.

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Cristina and her family.
Cristina and her family.

Cristina Martelín lives in Guatemala, is an active community member of Chuixtun, and a mother of four. She also makes a mean tamale.

Last year Cristina received a fuel-efficient stove from EcoLogic – she loves it and so do her kids. Cristina’s favorite food to cook using the stoves is tamales.

“My kids love them. I can cook so much more with the stove in much less time than before,” said Cristina.

Cristina estimates that she uses about half the wood she used to when using her old open pit fire stove and reports the kids are happier with less smoke inside the house. Her neighbor Doña Antonia loves the tile stovetop and her husband recently reforested trees as a voluntary in exchange for the stove.

Your support has directly improved the lives of Cristina, Antonia, and their families.

Thank you!

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Fuel-Efficient Wood Burning Stove
Fuel-Efficient Wood Burning Stove

February is the month of love and friendship around the world. What better way is there to show appreciation for your community than to help build your neighbor's stove, and they in return help you construct yours. This is the underlying principle of the stove program in Guatemala - to learn from your neighbor and pay it forward.

EcoLogic conducts workshops for women educating them on how to build a stove and its proper maintenance. Once these women have attended the workshops they graduate to construction. In groups of 8-10, they go from home to home building their neighbors stove, realizing the importance working with each other and the community.

This philosophy is what has made EcoLogic's stove program in Guatemala so successful. Ensuring every family that wants to better their lives and protect their health, can.

In the last 12 months alone, due to your generous support, over 150 families were trained in construction, use, and management of the stoves. This led to the construction of over 150 stoves in 13 communities. The beneficiaries of these stoves, specifically women and children, can now breathe more freely in their homes without fear of illness or respiratory disease. Children can go to school more regularly knowing that the fire wood they have collected will last twice as long with the new stove. In addition, these 150 families are participating in the reforestation of 4,500 trees.

Help us keep the momentum going!

While our progress is steady, we are only a quarter of the way to meeting our goal. In the spirit of love and friendship, you, your friends, and family can help us continue our work putting clean stoves in homes throughout rural Guatemala helping build safer, cleaner communities.

p.s. Don't forget to sign up for our eNews to receive important monthly updates on EcoLogic's projects and information on ways to get involved!

Little girl making a stove, like her mother.
Little girl making a stove, like her mother.

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There has been tremendous progress with our work since we last reported to you on EcoLogic’s fuel-efficient stove project in Guatemala. I am very happy to inform - thanks in part to your contribution - that EcoLogic has built an additional 65 fuel-efficient stoves since the last update we sent this past May.

Thank you! Thank you! And…Thank you!

As you may remember from our last progress report, EcoLogic expanded its fuel-efficient stove program to include the region of Sarstún, Guatemala. Together with our partners, the Maya Association for the Rural Wellbeing of the Sarstún Region (APROSARSTUN) and the local Fisherfolk Association, we completed construction of 42 wood-saving stoves in three remote villages (accessible only by boat) along the Sarstún River in the first quarter of the year. Because the demand for these stoves in this area was (and is) overwhelmingly high, we assisted our partner, APROSARSTUN, in successfully raising additional funds to build another 35 stoves! Now, 77 families are benefitting from a healthier lifestyle. Plus, there is less demand for firewood, alleviating the strain on surrounding forests.

In Totonicapán Guatemala, EcoLogic’s partner, The Association of the 48 Cantons, selected 30 families most in need of an EcoLogic fuel-efficient stove. These families received training on the construction and maintenance of the stoves and recently completed the installation of all 30 stoves. As part of EcoLogic’s approach, the recipients of a stove agree to plant and maintain trees as part of an overall reforestation effort and the participating families were given 100 native tree species of red and white pine to help reforest the adjoining 52,000-acre old-growth community forest. In the near term, EcoLogic plans to build another 18 stoves in Totonicapán. By the end of the year, families will be planting and tending a total of 4,800 trees.

Thanks so much for making this work possible. However, we still need to raise an additional $15,605! We have plans to construct 18 more fuel-efficient stoves in Totonicapán and another 75 in Huehuetenango in the next few months in villages located in hard-to-reach, rugged terrain. Please consider helping us meet this goal by passing this information along to your friends and urging them to support this work. Please stay tuned for more updates on our stove program…

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EcoLogic Fuel-efficient stove recipient
EcoLogic Fuel-efficient stove recipient

EcoLogic cannot thank you enough for your support in helpig us make our fuel-efficient stove program a reality. Together we have raised $4,300 from 80 individuals who share our concern for the environment and for the well-being of rural communities living in poverty in Guatemala.

Because of the success of our stove project in Totonicapán and Huehuetenango, Guatemala, EcoLogic has expanded its stove program to include the work we do with our partner in the region of Sarstún. And, this year, EcoLogic has already completed the construction of 42 stoves in the Sarstún region of Guatemala with our partner, the Mayan Association of Rural Wellbeing (APROSARSTUN).

APROSARSTUN is a Guatemalan nonprofit comprised of local students from a school run by Ak' Tenamit ("New Village") who are trained in community development and sustainable tourism. Through this partnership, EcoLogic is building APROSARSTUN's ability to successfully protect forests and watersheds and contribute to better land management in the entire binational protected area.

Later this month we will be begin construction on an additional 50 stoves in Totonicapán with our partner, the Association of 48 Cantons (Consejo de Alcaldes de los 48 Cantones) and 40 in Huehuetenango with our partner, the Mancomunidad (Mancomunidad de Municipios Frontera del Norte).

High poverty levels and growth coupled with traditional subsistence practices puts immense pressure natural resources. The forests of Guatemala are witness to excessive felling, the expansion of agriculture, forest management practices. Rural are dependent upon wood and use fires to cook their food and heat their It is well-known that this results in of indoor air pollution causing a number health issues like, acute respiratory chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tuberculosis, and eye diseases.

Despite our progress and our success we still have a ways to go to reach our goal of $20,000. Please help us build awareness of EcoLogic's fuel-efficient stove program by passing this on to your friends and family - THANK YOU!

With your help we can make a a difference one family at a time, one community at a time.

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