Breathe Easy

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The vast majority of the rural population in Malawi cook on highly inefficient, traditional three-stone fires, often located inside poorly-ventilated kitchens with small windows. This not only causes severe household air pollution and chronic respiratory, heart and eye disease but imposes a material health burden on women and children who are responsible for preparing meals.

This offset project builds clean, efficient stoves that slow down the combustion of wood, significantly improving indoor air quality and reducing health risks. Malawian women, or community artisans, can build their own stoves with training and support using provided brick moulds. Because they require less wood, the stoves also reduce the amount of time women and children spend gathering firewood each week, allowing time for other activities.

The project meets the following Sustainable Development Goals

Key Facts
  • Project Type: Efficient Cookstoves
  • Location: Malawi
Key Impacts
  • Emissions prevention
  • Improved health
  • Local employment
  • Female empowerment

Impacts

The numbers stack up

Stove

100,000

Over 100,000 families have received a stove in Malawi
Stove

80%

Reduces household expenditure on firewood by up to 80%

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