Across the world, fumes from traditional open fires kill more people than AIDS and malaria combined.
In areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, demand for fuelwood can be the biggest pressure on the forest. New energy efficient stoves reduce the need for fuel wood and make for healthier, happier families. Our partners in Lubutu have built 225 stoves over the last year, with a further 500 planned over the next twelve months.
As a result, fuelwood extraction from the forest has dropped by 58% for families using the new stoves. Women spend less time collecting fuelwood and cleaning their cooking pots, freeing up time that they can spend to tend their farms to provide food for their families.