Empowering People With Cooking Stoves
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Imagine spending 30 percent of your income on cooking fuel, inhaling the equivalent of 20 cigarettes daily while preparing meals for your family, and having to send your daughter to collect fuel for hours every day. What sounds like a far-fetched scenario is the reality of millions of people around the world in countries like Nepal, Darfur and Haiti.
In my last article, I introduced you to a venture called Deaftronics and showed you how it empowers hearing-impaired people. This time you will meet Prakti, a social enterprise that provides clean and efficient cooking stoves for people in developing countries.
Traditional forms of cooking, i.e. three-stone cooking fires and mud stoves, cause widespread deforestation and serious health issues due to indoor air pollution. What’s more, this form of cooking is so inefficient that about 90 percent of very expensive energy is wasted.