800 Fuel-Efficient Stoves for Guatemala

by EcoLogic Development Fund
Oct 17, 2013

EcoLogic Pilots the ONIL Stove

Constructing an ONIL stove
Constructing an ONIL stove

Fuel-efficient stoves are an important part of EcoLogic’s broader menu of community based approaches to conservation and sustainable development. EcoLogic originally introduced the stoves to reduce pressure on forested areas and to also help educate and inspire local people to adopt approaches that can have a significant impact on the ecosystems. Over the past few years, we have endeavored to expand and improve our stove program.

This past July, EcoLogic’s Regional Program Director, Gabriela Gonzalez and Guatemalan Technical Promoters Yovany Díaz, Jose Domingo Caal, and Fernando Recancoj attended the Clean Cookstove Alliance’s Guatemala stakeholder consultation and market assessment in Antigua, Guatemala. Based on information presented, discussions at the workshop, and research conducted by several interns we have decided to pilot a different stove, called the ONIL stove in Guatemala which has proven to have a higher fuel-efficiency rating than our current stove. This stove was also selected based on criteria such as the stoves’ durability, likelihood of cultural acceptance for food preparation and household norms, fuel efficiency and indoor air pollution ratings, safety, appropriateness for local fuel wood types, ease of sourcing materials for construction and repair, cost (initial cash outlay and estimated lifetime cost), and our connections to and ability to develop relationships with other organizations and agencies implementing similar stoves at a broader scale.

In August, we installed 25 test stoves with our partner the 48 Cantones of Totonicapán as well as provided training and guidance on their use and maintenance.  We are currently developing tools to evaluate the ONIL model to determine if it is the best fit for the cultural and environmental needs of the communities we serve during the next phase of our project. We look forward to keeping you posted on how the stoves are doing!

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EcoLogic Development Fund

Location: Cambridge, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.ecologic.org
Project Leader:
Alexa Piacenza
Program Associate
Cambridge, MA United States

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