Rural households are heavily reliant on firewood for their energy needs. Vita provides fuel-efficient stoves, which require less fuel and produce fewer emissions. A community-based approach is used to train women how to construct, maintain and repair stoves, ensuring that future generations will also benefit. These stoves use 50% less timber, so less time is spent gathering firewood, a task traditionally carried out by children and women. This typically takes a family up to 20 hours a week. The new stoves also emit less smoke and have resulted in a major reduction in eye and respiratory diseases. Finally, on a global level the stove reduce CO2 emissions, thereby mitigating against climate change.
To date, 40,000 stoves have been constructed with the help of Vita and its partners, and have directly impacted on the lives of 200,000 people.