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Improved Cooking Stoves

Produce and sell cooking stoves that consume less energy and spread less particles, diminishing the risk of respiratory diseases on women.

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Respiratory diseases are the 2nd cause of mortality in Caldas, and one of its causes is the widespread use of wood-stoves in rural areas. 

These stoves, that would be inspired from the Grameen Shakti model, would be produced locally, and locals would be trained to produce and maintain them.
The Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) consume up to 50% less energy - in this case, wood - and are designed not to reject the smoke in the environment.

How do you envision this idea making money?

The sale, construction and installation of these ICS would be a sustainable business.

How does this idea create social impact, particularly around improving health?

The main direct impact of these stoves would be to decrease the amount of smoke inhaled by the women who cook, and their family (stoves are generally located near or in the house), therefore decreasing the risk for respiratory diseases.

How does this idea add social value at every step of the process?

Additional social impact would be created through the business itself, which would create jobs and skills within local population. It would also have a positive environmental impact, as it would reduce the amount of wood used for cooking.

What are the short term steps we could take to implement this idea tomorrow?

The first step for implementation should be to adapt the Grameen Shakti design to the conditions and materials of Caldas.


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How does the design, construction, and cost of the Grameen stove compare to the Philips Chulha Stove?

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I'm remembering here a colleague who went to a development conference in Asia and mentioned it was full of cooking stove designs aimed at low-income communities. Her viewpoint was that folks had concentrated closely on repetitive product design but little thought had gone into the product ecosystem – distribution, pricing models, joint ownership?, incentivising, mind-set change, etc Solar lighting seems to have done better in this space with examples like D.Light coming to mind which may provide some inspiration here:

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