Thanks to your support at the end of 2018, StoveTeam has hit the ground running in the New Year! Recently, Program Manager, Mike Hatfield, returned from two weeks in the field.
While abroad, Mike had two major focuses: providing a tour to STI funder, Christadelphian Meal a Day of the Americas Foundation, and designing a new institutional stove to be sold by our factory-partners.
Mike traveled with representatives from Christadelphian Meal a Day to El Salvador and Honduras, sharing how their funds have advanced educational programs and stove distribution. In both countries, StoveTeam centers our work around educational programs in schools, educating children about the dangers of open-cooking fires and their effects on the environment. The children’s families are then offered an Ecocina cookstove at a reduced price. The intention behind these programs is to prompt a cultural shift where more families value and understand the importance of clean indoor air and fuel-efficient cookstoves.
Christadelphian Meal a Day also accompanied Mike to homes of stove recipients. One Honduran woman noted that since receiving her fuel-efficient stove, she collects wood one day less per week. This allows her to work an extra day each week, adding valuable income for her family. Another woman shared that a load of wood previously lasted her only 27 days, but now with her Ecocina, the wood she collects lasts her 50 days. These women and their stories are just two examples of how investing in an Ecocina pays dividends in the form of wood and time savings, AND increased income. Additionally, they are wonderful examples of how the Ecocina quickly pays for itself!
In response to his time with StoveTeam, Bruce from Meal a Day commented,
"Mike was a pleasure to meet with and learn from. The projects and production facilities we're very impressive. Thanks for making time for our visit."
After parting ways with foundation representatives, Mike met with factory-partners from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala to develop and begin testing a new institutional stove design. There are plans to work with our Nicaragua factory partner to introduce an institutional stove to their production line as well. These large quantity stoves are intended for schools, hospitals, and orphanages, and will assist populations currently not served by household stoves.
Because of your support, the StoveTeam staff is excited to start 2019 with projects in motion, ideas for continued improvement, and determination to benefit more families in the months ahead.