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Producing Safe, Affordable, Fuel-efficient CookStoves

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StoveTeam International helps local entrepreneurs start factories utilizing local materials and labor. Their goal is to produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires.

Their innovative approach creates local employment while also improving health factors and reducing the pollution in the air. StoveTeam International believes one of the most dangerous things a woman is responsible for in the developing world is cooking for her family. Smoke from open cooking fires kills more than eight times as many people as malaria kills. The smoke that comes from the stoves on a daily basis is the equivalent to smoking three packs of cigarettes a day.

StoveTeam works with foundations, non-profit organizations and Rotary Clubs to provide assistance to local entrepreneurs wishing to start or expand a stove factory. Stove Grants are a step by step process, but simple enough: Identifying the need, writing a stove grant, and setting up or expanding a stove factory. 

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We are professional women 55+.  Most of us were active in the Women’s Movement.  We have traveled extensively in developing countries.  On the ground we’ve seen compelling evidence of the truth of the research, the profound difference it makes to society if mothers have food security for their children and sustainable futures for their families. We’ve been awed by the transformation of women who found opportunities to emerge from poverty and taken control of their own lives.  We’ve walked beside them and heard their stories.  We’ve seen their self-esteem grow, their leadership skills emerge and their voices heard.  We can help change the world for these women for decades to come by investing the same passion we summoned for our own battle for women’s equality.  


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