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, who are working with locals in Myanmar to help clean up the air.
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 is financing the rollout of cleaner-burning cookstoves that 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. Her husband, U Win Myaing, has taken up a job selling the cookstoves for a commission. It has changed their lives.
For Ma Khin, U Win, and 140,000 others all over rural Myanmar, the project has:
- Placed 30,000 stoves in homes,
- Reached over 1,000 villages around Myanmar,
- Meant the 1000+ vendors trained to sell the stoves now earn an average annual income of US$300,
- Saved families time and money,
- Resulted in slower rates of deforestation, and
- Improved indoor air quality, helping families live healthier lives.
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 project is aiming to reduce 1,000,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, but it needs funding to do so. With your contributions, we're proud to be able to help them get there.