Sustainable Cookstoves and Housing for Nicaragua

by SosteNica


Affordable housing for low income families in Nicaragua is in very short supply. Sustainable natural construction materials are rarely used, leading to environmental damage caused by the way those homes that are constructed and how they function. SosteNica is developing a model for sustainable technology and affordable housing, using natural materials and incorporating eco-technologies such as composting toilets and fuel efficient cook stoves .
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Nicaragua has a housing crisis as well as a public health crisis. Between 15,000 and 25,000 new homes are needed each year to address the national housing shortage. Furthermore, those houses built for low-income families are hardly livable -- open fire indoor cooking causes respiratory illness from smoke inhalation. The inefficient cooking methods lead to nationwide deforestation.


SosteNica is designing a modest affordable home, using natural and environmentally appropriate building materials. The new house demonstrates that low-income homes can be both affordable and livable. By using eco-technologies such as composting toilets and fuel efficient stoves people improve the quality of their lives. Our fuel efficient cook stoves improve air quality and are available to families even before they can afford a new home.

Long-Term Impact

In 2017, with donor support, SosteNica will build a revolving loan fund for fuel efficient cookstoves. The stoves lower fuel wood consumption and improve indoor air quality for families currently cooking over unventilated wood fires. Our staff will work with families to build each stove. Our innovative design resolves environmental problems as well as meeting the needs of residents, while adopting a "pay-it-forward" funding model.


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Architectural tour of proposed project

Organization Information


Location: West Chester, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Alan Wright
West Chester, PA United States

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