Haiti suffers from severe deforestation and land erosion, with less than 4% forest cover (World Bank), due in large part to the cutting of trees for cooking fuel. Women in particular suffer from the effects of unimproved cookstoves, including respiratory illnesses from household air pollution, the financial burden of fuel expenditures, and lost income and education opportunities due to time spent collecting fuel.
The goal of this project was to disseminate, promote and encourage long-term adoption of 25 SolSource parabolic solar stoves in the rural community of Tilori, Haiti, to empower women and generate economic self-sufficiency, while helping to reduce the levels of deforestation, land erosion, and household air pollution.
One Earth Designs partnered with Solar Electric Light Fund and Solar Household Energy to carry out this project in Haiti.
Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)’s mission is “to design and implement solar energy solutions to assist the 1.2 billion people living in energy poverty with their economic, educational, health care and agricultural development.”
Solar Household Energy (SHE) leverages the power of solar cooking to improve social, economic and environmental conditions in sun-rich areas around the world.