Potential Energy Fellowship: Stoves That Save Lives
Organized by: Courtney Rheins
EVENT DATE Jun 10, 2014
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.