SII Member EcoZoom Launches 10,000 Stove Project in Mexico

February 21, 2012 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Excerpted from the press release:

Ten thousand families in Mexico now have a safer, healthier, more efficient way to cook. These families were part of an improved cookstove pilot project spearheaded by EcoZoom, a company dedicated to making cooking safe for people and the planet.

The project included designing a new stove especially for cooking in Mexico, conducting trainings with stove installers, and participating in the first round of installations.

A quarter of Mexico’s population, 25 million people, cooks on open fires or dangerous, unimproved cookstoves. Each year, these cooking practices cause 18,000 premature deaths, 19 million tons of wood to be burnt, and contribute to large amounts of CO2 emissions.

EcoZoom cookstoves remove harmful smoke from the house, combust more efficiently to create less emissions, and reduce fuel use by up to 70%, while cooking traditional foods using traditional fuel.

Cooks in seven pilot states are enjoying their new cookstove. “When I used to cook tortillas all the smoke would hit me in the face and it was hurting me, but not with this stove. I feel protected now,” said Gis, the first stove recipient.

Gis with her new stove

The La Mera Mera is the first cookstove available in Latin America that can be produced at a large scale – tens of thousands per month – and that is also easy to transport and install. Even though demand in Mexico is in the millions, most cookstove programs manufacture thousands per year, which is not enough to keep up with population growth. “Manufacturing and scale are no longer pinch points for a project’s capacity goals and with the right distribution, training and monitoring program millions of cookstoves can be delivered to countries throughout the region,” says Ben West, CEO of EcoZoom.

EcoZoom is already getting follow‐on orders from pilot states, as well as from states outside of the pilot. EcoZoom forecasts installing more than 100,000 new stoves in Mexico this year, which will benefit more than 400,000 Mexican citizens, a major step toward eradicating open-fire cooking in Mexico.

Watch videos and read more at the project website:

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