Due to the circumstances of poverty, hundreds of thousands of indigenous Maya in Guatemala continue to cook indoors over wood burning fires. Cookstove smoke contributes to a wide range of chronic illnesses and health impacts such as early childhood pneumonia, emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, cardiovascular disease and low birth weight.
These fires are often in the room of a home where members of the family sleep, eat and work on a daily basis. Young children and women are exposed to burns from spills and sparks from wood. Indigenous women spend long hours preparing food over these open fires.
A family that receives an improved cookstove is helped in multiple ways. A GSP stove uses 50% less wood than the traditional 3 stone fire, thereby saving precious trees and reducing carbon emissions. The larger cooking surface allows for a wider variety of foods to be prepared and water can be boiled and used for washing and drinking.
Since many families must buy their firewood, using 50% less firewood represents a significant savings. Reduced fuel consumption allow a family to spend their hard earned money in a more sustainable way. Savings in time also allow the women members of a family to engage in a wider variety of income earning activities.
Our motto is “Build a stove, Change the future.” We believe that a family that receives one of our stoves is given the opportunity to break out of the cycle of poverty.