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Potential Energy Fellowship: Stoves That Save Lives

Organized by: Courtney Rheins

Courtney's Photo
Courtney's Photo

EVENT DATE Jun 10, 2014

THE STORY:

Half the world – over 3 billion people – cook their daily meals over an open fire inside their homes. Indoor air pollution from cooking fires kills 4 million people each year, more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, and has substantial health impacts on countless others.

Potential Energy, Inc. is a non-profit social enterprise based in Oakland, CA working to solve this problem. Our flagship product is a high-efficiency, wood-burning cookstove. Our stoves use ½ the firewood and cut down on ½ the smoke as compared to traditional cooking methods and they allow women to cook at double speed, freeing women's time for income generation. They have a powerful economic impact on women’s lives, and they also help women cope with the social and environmental challenges of life in the regions in which they live. We’ve sold or distributed over 37,000 cookstoves in some of the most challenging and impoverished places on earth, and we’ll double that number in the next 2 years. This is where you come in!

After accomplishing great things in Sudan and Ethiopia, Potential Energy is hoping to identify new markets in which we can thoughtfully expand our reach and produce real, effective change. 

As a Summer Fellow, I will be surveying households and collecting data that will be used to help inform decisions for expansion and growth and help to determine what our likelihood of success could be in a given region. Once we’ve determined that we could in fact have an impact on health in a particular region, we'll will be working to understand the economics of setting up a cookstove distribution business in our region. 

In the immediate future, your donation will go directly towards funding this research. Longterm, your donation will be helping to alleviate a major global health problem. For more information on household air pollution and the health impacts associated with it, check out the World Health Organization's Fact Sheet

$2,055

 

103% Raised of $2,000 Goal

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  • Courtney Rheins

    $200

  • Bryan H

     

  • Cynthia

    $40

  • Michelle

    $40

  • Bryant & Chelsea

    $40

  • Maika

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $800

  • auntie lynda and family

    $100

  • Marvin Stuck

     

  • Shelby Clark

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Dylan O'Carroll

    $20

  • The Urban Smith

    $100

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Courtney Rheins

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Donor Comments

The Urban Smith

The Urban Smith

DONATION: $100

So proud of you Court! Excited to hear about all the adventures! 3 years ago

Dylan O'Carroll

Dylan O'Carroll

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Shelby Clark

Shelby Clark

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Marvin Stuck

Marvin Stuck

Be Safe 3 years ago

auntie lynda and family

auntie lynda and family

DONATION: $100

As always, we are sooooooo proud of you. xoxo 3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $800

3 years ago

Maika

Maika

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Bryant & Chelsea

Bryant & Chelsea

DONATION: $40

We're excited for you and are confident that you will be a significant contributor to Potential Energy's amazing work in Ethiopia, Sudan, and elsewhere! 3 years ago

Michelle

Michelle

DONATION: $40

Go Courtney!!!! 3 years ago

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