Indoor cooking on inefficient stoves is a silent killer. Air pollution from domestic cooking is responsible for the premature deaths of over 4 million people a year—more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
Plus Myanmar has one of the fastest rates of deforestation in the world. Much of which is used for cooking at a huge expense. Rural families in Myanmar spend as much as 40% of their income – or the time equivalent – on purchasing or collecting firewood.
Enter the Soneva Foundation’s clean cookstove project in Myanmar, a project we are proud to help fund.
I used a lot of wood with the previous stove but this stove is different as it uses less wood and produces less smoke - the house is cleaner as there is no soot and my eyes don’t water. It is so much better for the children
Ma Khin Myaing
The Soneva Foundation's cookstoves reduce wood consumption by 50%, CO2 emissions by 60% and household air pollution by up to 80%.
Ma Khin Myaing became the first owner of the five-minute stove, as it is known locally, in her village Baw D Kone in Myanmar’s central Dry Zone. Plus Ma Khin’s husband, U Win Myaing, was trained to sell the cookstoves for a commission.
Not only is the project aiming to reduce 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, but the project has also already:
- Distributed 30,000 stoves
- Improved the lives of 140,000 people
- Reached over 1,000 villages
- Trained over 1000 vendors to sell the stoves earning an average annual income of US$300
But it is more than just saving wood and money. It is also the simpler, most unexpected things. I have peace of mind. My kitchen is not going to catch fire and I don’t need to worry if I need to step away for a moment. I can leave it cooking while I get water or feed the animals.
Than Than Win
The Soneva Foundation's clean cookstove project needs funding to be able to help more people like Ma Khin Myaing reduce their emissions and live healthier lives. We're proud to be able to support them.