Somba, efficient cookstoves to limit deforestation



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Around the world, nearly 3 billion people depend on wood for heating, cooking and boiling water for drinking.

Population growth in these parts of the world and the need to cut wood is putting great pressure on the forests. In addition, conventional cooking methods using solid fuels on open fires or rudimentary cookstoves are inefficient, unhealthy, and unsafe. Their negative impacts range from the extensive time and costs required for wood collection to the negative impact on public health and the environment.

In Benin, 100.000 ha are deforested each year. 

A simple but brilliant solution to these issues can be found with the implementation of safe and fuel-efficient cookstoves.

These require up to 50% less wood and avoid toxic smoke inside the home thanks to a chimney redirecting the fumes outside.

In 2020, with the support of our generous donors, we were able to raise 25.000€ to equip 500 families with efficient cookstoves and avoid deforestation of 10.000 trees. 
Discover in this video the testimonials of some beneficiary villagers.

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