Piloting Sustainable Mechanisms for Fuel Efficient Stoves
John Gilliland of Vita in Ireland will develop a sustainable financial and social model to implement more efficient cooking stoves in Ethiopia. The stoves, pioneered in Eritrea, substantially reduce timber usage, thereby saving operation time and costs. They will analyze the feasibility of microfinancing as a means of payment, and the logistics of training women in the community to build the stoves, thereby ensuring their longevity. The stoves will be distributed to a selected zone in Ethiopia where they will be evaluated for economic, social, and environmental impact.