This project will reduce the need for wood and gas for cooking; reduce health problems associated with cooking over open fires: respiratory infections and burns; reduce head, neck, and back problems from carrying heavy loads of wood; reduce time spent foraging for wood and reduce household expenses for cooking fuel. In total, these efforts will focus on ten Salvadoran communities, with a total population of approximately 50,000 people, and distribute 250 HotPot solar cookers.
Project coordinators and community trainers will establish groups of 15 - 25 women. They will lead each group in formal solar cooking training sessions. Once women have been trained, they will attend follow-up sessions once a month for six months.
250 women will master solar cooking skills and will be consistently using solar energy to cook for their families, thus reducing wood and gas use, creating better health outcomes, and saving money; they will spur wider adoption of solar cooking.