Better Life in Indigenous Villages due to Solar and Efficient Cook Stoves

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    Local woman showing her new high efficiency rocket stove.

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    Felicidad Orellana, Cochabamba district, is cooking on a climate friendly cook stove since a few years.

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    Angelina Orellana, Cochabamba district: „I cook everything with the solar cooker. In the old kitchen there was a lot of smoke. 10 years ago there was enough wood around the house for cooking. Now the wood is far away.“

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    It takes Angelina Orellana half a day and a donkey to get the far away firewood. Photo credits: myclimate / Sávio Abi-Zaid

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    The solar cookers are produced locally with local materials. So people trust them and jobs have been created.

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    David Whitfield founder of the nonprofit organisation CEDESOL with newly fabricated solar cookers.

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    A solar cooker works like an oven. Corn can be refined by up to 180 degree Celsius not using any wood the whole day.

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    Demonstration event of the high efficient cook stove and heat-retention basket (blue). Heat-retention baskets (e.g. isolated with Lama wool) help to keep the meals warm until the evening (if cooked with the solar cooker).

The programme intends to reduce carbon emissions, improve health, and reduce stress placed on forestry resources in Bolivia and Paraguay through the replacement of inefficient wood burning stoves with high efficiency rocket stoves or solar cookers in six departments of Bolivia and Paraguay.

1,120 cookstoves distributed
cookstoves distributed
3,300 people trained
people trained
11,200 tons of wood saved
tons of wood saved

The main objective of this Programme of Activity is to improve the livelihood and the environment of both peri-urban and rural populations in six departments of Bolivia and Paraguay by placing 50,000 ecological stoves in households reducing 511,000 t CO2 over the programme period. 

This programme specifically aims to: improve the livelihood of families, by saving the local population the purchase and/or the tiresome gathering of firewood; improve the health of the families by reducing the families’ exposure to unhealthy air particles created when using traditional wood stoves in the kitchen, therefore achieving a reduction in pulmonary illness mainly in women and children and the prevention of burn injuries in the kitchen; improve the use of people’s time by freeing up time which can be utilized for other activities therefore improving quality of life; improve the eating habits of families by making a modification of the cooking habits through sensitization and training programs that demonstrate the various uses of the ecological stoves and educating the families on hygiene, sanitation, food preparation, kitchen organization and the environment; and improve the environment by reducing CO2 emissions, air pollution from wood fires and deforestation.

I am using a lot less wood now. Just a little firewood to get the food to boil and then I place it into the solar cooker. I have 2-3 hours to weave while the food cooks. The solar cooker help me to increase my income.
Felicidad Orellana, Cochabamba district

Only through the support of myclimate and the voluntary CO2 compensation mechanism can these stoves be accessible to populations in these areas of Bolivia and Paraguay and can the programme be realized in this size. Carbon finance channelled through myclimate will allow, on behalf of CEDESOL’s beneficiaries, subsidies for the cost of the ecological stoves. Furthermore, it is expected that over the next seven years the design of the programme will guarantee its sustainability and expansion to other areas of Bolivia and Paraguay.


  • 830 efficient cook stoves and 290 solar stoves installed
  • 11,200 tons of firewood saved
  • 5,400 peoples benefit from clean air during cooking and significant time savings
  • 3,300 people trained
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