Throughout the developing world, there is a dangerous public health situation found in homes of pastoral people who cook indoors with open fires. The smoke is highly toxic, causing an international health challenge affecting millions, including the people in our organization’s regions.

Maasai women in Alailelai make a stove following the MSS model
Maasai women earn income and skills while building stoves that improve health, the environment and quality of life.

To address this challenge we successfully began a partnership with Maasai Stoves & Solar Project in 2015. The leaders of the Maasai Stoves & Solar Women’s Installation team are in the process of training our women to install smoke-removing, wood-burning chimney stoves, initially in 150 homes in 2016 in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

With this partnership, homes will be healthier and children safer. Local people will have new ways to earn additional income.

With only a fraction of wood-gathering time required, women will be free to embrace other aspects of their lives, addressing poverty and its results.

Installing the chimney and solar panels.

The Maasai pay what they can for the stoves and solar, but it is only a small portion of the actual cost. We ask you to join us in helping to bring this project to our people.

There are many benefits to the Maasai Stoves & Solar Project:

  • Reduction of the polluting particulate level from cooking smoke by 90 percent, alleviating chronic coughing and head congestion, primarily in women and children
  • One stove reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 3.6 metric tons per year
  • Reduction of carbon monoxide levels in the home by 90 percent, eliminating low-level poisoning

    Women and stove
    The new stoves reduce smoke by 90 percent
  • Eliminated the danger of burns to toddlers caused by open cooking fires in their homes
  • Pollution-free and odor-free lighting motivates kids to read and study
  • Maasai women who join stove installation teams are profoundly appreciative of the opportunity to learn to use tools and master construction and design challenges, and report feeling authentically empowered
  • Each stove saves the woman of the house 10-12 hours of weekly wood-gathering labor
  • Each stove saves 120 pounds of firewood per week, reducing deforestation
  • Greater appreciation of the power of a collective of women, and not just individual women

    Traditional three-stone fireplace
    Without the traditional three-stone fireplace, pictured here, the danger of children falling into fire is drastically reduced.
  • There is more time for farming and for starting businesses and other enterprise