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Cooking shouldn't kill

Efficient wood burning Eco-stove gives the immediate benefits of improved health, time availability, resource saving and efficiency.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Clean cookstoves represent an ideal alternative to open fire stoves which cause household air pollution (HAP) that claims the lives of 2 million people annually, and leaves millions more suffering from cancer, pneumonia, heart and lung disease. In addition to these illnesses resulting from HAP, rudimentary cookstoves contribute to deforestation and diminish local air quality through toxic smoke emissions. Time and wood are saved as the stove is so much more efficient than the open fire. The women do not spend all their day from early morning to late evening tending and stoking their fire. They are able to light up and use their Eco-stoves quickly and cleanly. They use up to 75% less fire wood, as the stove is so much more effective in burning all the wood without the loss of energy in the form of smoke and gases. The cook stove also has a flue to channel any smoke or gases that might remain, out of the house.

WHO BENEFITS?

Clean cookstoves are meant to provide sustainable solutions for people at the bottom of the pyramid, allowing a substantial improvement of the quality of life in communities while at the same time protecting the environment.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

The development of this social business is an action that, among others, the company I work for (CEMEX) performs as part of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, an initiative that seeks to foster the adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels in 100 million households globally by 2020. This initiative was launched in 2010 by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Under that context, CEMEX has already begun the sale and installation of 100,000 concrete stoves in Mexico and Guatemala.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

CEMEX has been working during the last 3 years in the clean cookstoves field, mainly in Latin America. I hope this post will inspire others and foster the adoption of efficient cookstoves in other parts of the world.

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Photo of Sanjith yeruva
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I am all for this Idea.I see that Its already got traction and is User friendly as well as Eco friendly. Visual as well. I wonder if a crack tool to pump in air to flame up helps. Thank You

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Hi Sanjith and thanks for your comment. Actually the stove itself has been designed, developed and improved for many years now and it works pretty good; proof is that it performs 75% better than an open fire kitchen device. The biggest challenge/barrier here is, as always, the difficulty to provide potential beneficiaries with any kind of micro-finance scheme that would make possible for them to have access to it.

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Photo of Sanjith yeruva
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I see what is the cost in USD we are looking at.I'm assuming it can be assembled easily.I am sure its more efficient than the convetional stoves.Cost shouldn't matter for inumerous roadside hotlelsif its unde 40$.For daily. Wagers yes microfinance is the way

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Hi Sanjith, I can't disclose the cost of the models we are doing in Mexico and Guatemala but can say that although we are talking about small figures, it is unreachable for many families without some kind of microfinancing or scheme support. The good news is that this is something that can be done. It could be tackled using different arguments like health care savings for example. Another option would be a scheme where the beneficiaries partially compensate by making use of the extra time and wood they would have if they have one of this new stoves. For example at CEMEX we have a program of Productive Centers of Self-Employment which are community spaces where individuals manufacture concrete blocks and other precast forms (the material and machinery is free), keeping half of their production for personal construction purposes while selling the other half to state and municipal governments. This type of schemes could works as well for the stoves.