By Sebastian Africano - Deputy International Director
The Zanmi Pye Bwa (Friend of the Forest) Cookstove
Trees, Water & People (TWP) continues to push forward with projects in Haiti, as Deputy International Director Sebastian Africano and International Program Coordinator Claudia Menendez prepare for a three week trip to the country to launch new operational partnerships.
In Port au Prince, TWP has partnered with International Lifeline Fund (ILF) to develop the Zanmi Pye Bwa charcoal cookstove (literally translated as "Friend of the Trees") for the urban, charcoal dependent population. The design of the stove is based on local needs, cooking preferences and long-term sustainability - using local skills and materials ensures that it can be repaired, refurbished or replaced over several years at a low-cost. The goal is to create a quality product that reduces fuel consumption at levels comparable to industrially manufactured imports, but for one half to one third of the cost.
The Zanmi Pye Bwa project will be commercial in nature, harnessing Haiti's entrepreneurial spirit to drive an energy efficient consumer product into the marketplace. TWP and ILF believe that strengthening local economies is one of the best contributions we can make through our work. This project will increase families' disposable income by reducing their dependency on charcoal, while creating desperately needed employment in their communities through manufacturing and a commission based sales program.
GlobalGiving donations will allow the project to subsidize the price of the stove to families affected by the 2010 earthquake, and enable us to provide replacement parts and refurbishment services at little to no cost. Donations will also help us to develop the commission structure for our vendor program, putting valuable cash into people's pockets that will circulate into the local economy, building resilience back into these vulnerable Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) communities.
Please help us rebuild Haiti from within by supporting the Zanmi Pye Bwa project, and stay tuned for updates!
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