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Clean Cookstoves to Save Trees

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Malawi is one of the poorest and most densely populated countries in the world, with over 90% of the population relying on wood or charcoal for cooking. However, cooking daily on inefficient traditional open fires leads to serious repercussions including smoke-related illnesses, burns, economic hardship, as well as the destruction of the natural environment on which millions of Malawians depend. The wood required for cooking and accidental fires has lead to much deforestation.

With your help Malawians can be provided with cookstoves that prevent unnecessary dangers and deforestation. RIPPLE Africa's fuel-efficient cookstove provides a simple and culturally appropriate alternative to the traditional three-stone fire most commonly used in developing countries. This low-tech, 100% sustainable cookstove assists in counteracting deforestation by substantially reducing the need for fuel-wood by two-thirds. In addition, it produces significantly less smoke and the enclosed design lessens the likelihood of burns.

With your help we can prevent forest fires and unnecessary injuries from cooking. For just $15 you can provide a family with an efficient and safe cookstove.

Report from the Field

September 2017

Because of GreaterGood.org donors, we've built 93 additional clean cookstoves to reach a total of about 465 people. Since the Changu Changu Moto reduces the need for firewood by two-thirds, this means a savings of two bundles of wood per week for a yearly total of more than 100 bundles for each of the 122 household beneficiaries in 2017.

May 2017

Because of GreaterGood.org donors, we've built 29 clean cookstoves for families, reaching a total of about 145 people have benefitted. Each stove has saved 2 bundles of wood per week, an equivalent of 100 bundles of wood per year, which means that the decreased impact on the forests is considerable even for such a small number of cookstoves. As we monitor the carbon emissions of the three-stone fires and the Changu Changu Motos, we know that each cookstove also saves 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, equaling a total saving of 72.5 tonnes of CO2 per annum from the 29 stoves that we have been able to build with this funding. Additionally, because the amount of wood needed per week is only a third of that required by the traditional three-stone fire, we can estimate that the women who use these stoves are saving up to 10 hours per week collecting firewood for cooking. This time is allowing the women to start businesses, spend time with their children or further their education. The current goal is 325 cookstoves for households in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi.

RIPPLE Africa is a non-profit organization working in the Nkhata Bay District of Malawi, Africa, and is focused on projects ranging from education to healthcare to protecting the environment. RIPPLE Africa's guiding philosophy is adopting practical and culturally-relevant solutions to development issues through partnerships with the community and local leadership.

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