Open fire cooking is a silent killer that according to the World Health Organization (WHO) claims the lives of 491 people each hour, which is more than AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis deaths combined. They’re called “the forgotten three billion” by the WHO: the people across the world using coal and biomass as fuel on simple stoves and open fires, in order to cook and heat their homes. While smokeless stoves are available, the people receiving them can’t afford to buy them, nor the inevitable maintenance costs. So Dazin developed an innovative, sustainable solution that will help save lives.
Dazin provides impoverished rural communities in Bhutan (with plans to take the solution beyond Bhutan) with a sustainable fuel source and a smokeless gasifying stove in exchange for forestry wood waste. “One hundred dollars can give a stove and smokeless fire to a family for life” says Deepak Ashwani, Executive Director of Dazin. “By making forestry waste into a safe fuel source, the impact of each donation is continually multiplied due to Dazin’s stove cost recovery model and other families can benefit.”
The company is crowdfunding here and hopes to eventually confine this dangerous method of cooking to history.
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