Celebrating 10 years of impact!
This year's Endless Summer Party celebrated StoveTeam's 10-year anniversary! The event took place in Eugene, Oregon and was filled with laughter and memories reflecting on how far StoveTeam has come. Katie, StoveTeam’s executive director, set the tone of the evening by drawing attention to the importance of kitchens as family gathering spaces worldwide. “I don’t know about you, but the most popular place in my house is the kitchen” she said. Yet, for many, the kitchen is not a safe, healthy or inviting place because of the smoke produced by open fires when cooking. Since 2008, StoveTeam has worked to change this reality for the extreme poor in Latin America by replacing open fires with fuel-efficient cookstoves. With your help, more than half-a-million people can gather in safe kitchens because of the fuel-efficient cookstoves your support provided over the last 10-years. As shared by Rosa Garcia Santos, recipient of the first EcoComal stove in Guatemala, “when I used to cook with the traditional stove, none of my family would eat here. Instead they ate in the bedroom because there was so much smoke. [Now] they come over to me and we all get together.”

Thank you for helping create safe kitchens and protect family health. Together, we will do even more in the years ahead.

Stove Facts:
How we know our stoves are efficient.
Following the summer party, StoveTeam staff traveled to Guatemala with 14 students and two faculty from Oregon State University. Students brought a wide range of backgrounds raging from engineering to public policy. While in Guatemala, the students conducted two tests that are crucial in the stove industry: the CCT and the WBT. Many of us have likely never heard these acronyms before, but in the stove world, they are key!

The CCT or Controlled Cooking Test, is designed to assess the performance of the improved stove in relation to a traditional stove by having cooks perform a standard daily cooking task. For example, cooking beans and tortillas, a common meal in Latin America. The meal is cooked on both the improved cookstove by three cooks, three times each, and the open fire by three different cooks, three times each.

The WBT or Water Boiling Test, evaluates stove performance while boiling or simmering water to investigate the heat transfer and combustion efficiency of a stove. 

A third test, the KPT or Kitchen Performance Test, was not performed, but aims to assess qualitative aspects of a stove’s performance through household surveys and to compare the impact of an improved stove on fuel consumption in real kitchens. 

The students managed the two tests in a real-world context with real cooks to provide them both the opportunity to learn outside the lab where ideal conditions often don’t exist and to continue to prove that stoves produced by our partner factories are effective. With all student trips, StoveTeam works to provide students with educational experiences while also experiencing a new culture.
Guatemala and El Salvador:
Growing impact through local partnerships.
While in both Guatemala and El Salvador, StoveTeam staff formed new local partnerships. In Guatemala, StoveTeam met with multiple local nonprofits near by the EcoComal factory. In El Salvador, the team met with the Santa Ana Rotary club, local school administrators and community members to advance multiple projects in El Salvador. In 2019, these projects will distribute five large institutional stoves to local schools and 500+ Ecocina cookstoves to local families. All new friendships will help StoveTeam improve its impact in the field by increasing local knowledge, project capacity, and by ensuring consistent follow-up. Distributing fuel-efficient cookstoves is no easy task, but with strong local partnerships our impact can stretch even further. 
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