This morning, I'm sitting out on the patio of Casa de Cafe looking out over the palms and flowering bird of paradise. Part of our group has gone off with a guide to visit the ruins, and another group has gone to Macaw Mountain to visit the birds. One dedicated volunteer has gone back to the factory site to help finish the cement floor, and one guy is hanging out in his room recovering from a bout of “tourista”. Yes, it does happen, but it was a quick recovery. He is well, but just suffering from lack of sleep and caffeine. Read More..
Nothing can stand in the way of a group of dedicated volunteers helping Anibal and Rossana Murcias build a new factory - not even a volcanic eruption near Antigua, Guatemala that forced the multi-day closure of the Guatemala City airport! This group of 14 means business and they’ve been getting down to it over the last few days. Read More..
StoveTeam is pleased to announce a new partnership with Kiva, one of the leading microfinance organizations in the world. Kiva’s innovative model connects individual lenders with entrepreneurs throughout the world, and allows lenders to follow the borrowers through Kiva’s website as they build their business and repay their loan. Read More..
Some time ago, thanks to a conversation at a wedding in Eugene, Oregon, Rex Foundation Executive Director Sandy Sohcot learned about the work of StoveTeam International. Meeting with the groups’ founder, Nancy Hughes, Sandy learned about the fact that much of the world’s population, particularly in economically deprived countries, still does its cooking on indoor open fires, fueled by wood and brush. The consequences are horrific on numerous fronts: the fires frequently cause catastrophic burns to children and adults, and the particle-laden smoke causes health problems from respiratory disease to cataracts. Read More..
Honduras factory owners Anibal and Rossana hosted their local stakeholder consultation recently as part of the carbon credit program with Microsol. This meeting brought together stove users, business owners, local and international NGOs, and government officials to provide feedback on the stove project. Read More..