Nancy Hughes and a team of volunteers from the Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club wrote a Rotary matching grant and invented a small portable stove – the Ecocina, which produced almost no smoke and used less than half the wood of an open fire.
reduction in carbon emissions and 86% reduction in particulate matter achieved by the Ecocina rocket stove over traditional stoves. Aprovecho Research Center has verified that the Ecocina is one of the most efficient “rocket stoves” in the world.
StoveTeam International began assisting local entrepreneurs in Latin America establish sustainable factories to produce Ecocina stoves. The factories, started by using Rotary matching grants, use all local materials and employ only local men and women, important in developing countries where unemployment sometimes exceeds 50%.
stoves were produced and sold in the very first year of operation in El Salvador alone. The demand far exceeded expectations. In response, the factory owner helped StoveTeam start additional factories in Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.
stoves produced and sold as of Oct 2018.
+ people who have benefited from these stoves and their lives improved.
Number of stoves sold from the Inversiones Falcón factory in El Salvador since it started operations in 2008.