Collaborative effort between Alicia Ly, Emily White, and Stella Strother-Blood
Maybe you carry a twenty pound backpack to class each day, or perhaps you lug a five kilogram briefcase to work. Maybe you carry twelve-pound bags from the grocery store to your parked car, and from your car to your home.
|A woman in Ethiopia carries wood.|
Now imagine carrying over 75 pounds of firewood, on your head, every day! Many women in developing countries carry these heavy loads for miles, and often barter the firewood for small amounts of food upon their return home.
In addition to being strenuous and uncomfortable, wood-gathering can also be extremely dangerous in areas of conflict, where natural resources are scarce and many people are in need. Enemies lurk in waiting, defending the little bit of wood left for their own means. The World Food Programme states that, “[These women] face physical, sexual and other forms of violence and risks to their safety during collection, supply, and use of firewood, or are reported to exchange sex for cooking fuel”.
|Notice the lack of vegetation surrounding this refugee camp.|
InStove has created the world’s most efficient institutional-sized (60 and 100 Liter) stoves, which require 75-90% less wood than the traditional cooking method: open three-stone fires. Women with access to these stoves spend less time and make fewer trips, while carrying lighter loads. Our cookstoves take the pressure off of local firewood supplies – and take pressure off the backs of women worldwide.