A few weeks ago the materials needed for the construction of efficient cookstoves were delivered to the community of Cojol Juyú and now we can see the final product. These stoves, as well as saving up to 60-65% of firewood, prevent smoke from being expelled inside the kitchen and being inhaled by families thereby reducing the risk of respiratory illnesses.
Many families prepare their meals using open fires or wood-burning stoves in an enclosed space where smoke fills the entire room, significantly affecting the respiratory health of the family. Improving indoor air quality by using efficient cookstoves with ventilation systems that keep smoke out of the house saves lives. In fact, in 2012 the World Health Organization reported 4.3 million deaths that were associated with indoor air pollution, 19,000 of which were recorded in the Americas.