Fuel Efficient Stoves
Many impoverished families in Guatemala cook over open fires or on a traditional stove, which consists of a flat piece of iron over a fire. Unfortunately, these stoves usually do not have chimneys, so the smoke fills the room, creating health hazards for parents and children alike. Furthermore, these stoves are very inefficient, and require a large amount of firewood that has to be purchased or collected from the mountains--a very difficult, physical task that often falls to women, children, or the elderly while the men are at work.
Mayan Families provides families with fuel-efficient wood stoves that have financial, health, and environmental benefits. The stoves, which we deliver and install, are 70% more fuel-efficient than traditional open-fire methods.
With these stoves, we have observed significant reductions of monthly firewood expenses, and reduced incidents of respiratory ailments and eye problems. Less firewood used also means less deforestation, and less negative impact on the environment.
The cost is $186 for an Onil Stove or $98 for an Ecocina Stove.
Please go to our Donate Now page and put your donation for an Onil or Ecocina Stove under "Other". If you would like to donate a stove to a specific family, please indicate which family in the "Details" section. Otherwise, please write "where most needed," and it will then go to the next impoverished family in line that needs one.
To read about Onil stoves, go to http://www.onilstove.com/.
To read more about the Ecocina, please visit http://www.stoveteam.org/.