Women and children will benefit most as they are tasked with gathering firewood and cooking. Children are most susceptible to health issues due to prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution – which doubles their risk of developing respiratory disease – and pregnant women run the risk of complications during labor. The environmental impacts of traditional cooking methods exacerbate the issue of deforestation which is estimated to have claimed 78% of natural forest between 1990 and 2000 by WRI.
CHF International has partnered with E+Co to develop a contextually appropriate form of a fuel-efficient stove through market research of existing production capacity, identification of local partners and collaboration on a design for production.
The stoves require as much as 75% less fuel than current stoves. They reduce exposure to indoor air pollution and improve the health of the children of Rwanda. Also, they will assist in reducing the rate of deforestation and improve forest habitat.