Clean and efficient cook stoves instead of cooking over an open fire

Our cook stove project in Peru

Clean cook stoves in Peru

In Peru’s more poverty-stricken regions, malnutrition and the high degree of smoke exposure from cooking over an open fire concurrently comprise the greatest public health problems. Our project Qori Q’oncha addresses both of these subjects at their core: with efficient and clean cook stoves. In the Andes, usually in regions higher than 2,800m as well as in several coastal areas, families are using them to replace cooking over an open fire, i.e. preparing food using “Fogóns,” simple terracotta hearths. The efficient stoves, on the other hand, conduct smoke out through a chimney and consume 39 percent less firewood. That means they save CO2 and provide significant benefits to the families: they need less money for firewood, which means there have more funds for feeding the family. And there are significantly lower levels of respiratory illnesses. The project additionally promotes community gardens and provides families with seed and equipment. That enables them to attain self-sustenance.

Gold Standard VER, Nr. 1005
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Contribution to the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs)

Families save time and money, improving their economic situation.

Better air quality in residential spaces and a significant reduction in respiratory illnesses, self-sustenance with fresh fruits and vegetables from the community gardens.

Less carbon emissions thanks to 39 percent less firewood consumption, which also reduces deforestation in Peru.

How do cookstoves help fight global warming?

In many of the world's poorer regions, families cook their meals over an open fire, often in enclosed spaces. This method of cooking is however not energy efficient, as large amounts of heat go to waste. Clean cooking stoves are often simple devices made from metal or clay that use energy more efficiently. Families can thus save fuel and cut down on CO2 emissions. Sometimes the stoves are even used in small businesses.