Reliance on biomass for cooking and heating forces women and children to spend hours each week collecting wood, time that could be better spent on income generation, education, or other activities. Where fuel must be purchased, primarily in urban areas, families struggling to meet their basic needs can pay as much as one-third of their income to purchase sufficient fuel to cook their daily meal.

Replacing traditional cookstoves with more efficient technologies save households’ time and money. In addition the clean cookstove and fuel value chain offers new pathways for local economic empowerment. Local entrepreneurs can participate in the clean cooking value chain, earning income from product design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and sales clean cookstoves and fuels.

Additional resources:

An impact assessment for a stove project conducted by GTZ and the Programme for Biomass Energy Conservation