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What we do

StoveTeam supports local production.

Creating stove factories allows communities to grow

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Creating jobs through Ecocina stoves

StoveTeam assists local entrepreneurs to start factories using local labor and materials. These businesses produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires.

StoveTeam's model has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for our innovative approach creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution.

  • Without the startup capital, expertise and help StoveTeam International arranged, we would not have been able to start our factory in Honduras. One of their teams of Rotarian volunteers helped set up our factory and trained the workers.

    Anibal Murcia, Eco-Copan, Honduras
  • The volunteer trip made me realize the profound changes the Stove Team can achieve. I wasn’t aware how much wood is needed to cook on an open fire and how much deforestation is due to the practice of gathering wood. I was impressed to see how much wood can be saved using the Ecocina. Families that only used the Ecocina were using much less wood.

    Anuncia Escala, Volunteer (March 2012, Honduras)
  • I love Latin America…I love meeting the people of the campo and speaking with them. I appreciate the chance to do a meaningful task that takes me into their homes and allows a bond of communication and mutual understanding to occur. I value the mission of StoveTeam to provide support to a local entrepreneur to produce and distribute stoves locally.

    Charissa Nelson, Volunteer (March 2012 StoveTeam trip)
  • I use an Ecocina stove and I noticed the cleaner air. It's a better life for my children because they live happily, and the stove helps them not get sick.

    Gloria Ramirez, Stove User, Honduras
  • StoveTeam International helped me start a factory in El Salvador. We now employ 22 local workers and our factory has produced over 20,000 stoves that improve the lives of more than 150,000 people.

    Gustavo Peña, Factory Owner
  • The little things that occurred while on the trip were incredibly special. Shucking corn with one of the ladies, Luz, while discussing her family's improved health. Multiple families laughing at my broken Spanish. And the greatest gift of all, being thanked for our service and our work that we were doing there. It was just such an incredible experience.
    McKenzie Lay, Volunteer (Honduras, March 2012)
  • My stove has become like a good friend to me, and it's a wonderful thing in my life. It saves me wood, and is great for cooking.

    Rosita de las Cruces, Stove User, El Salvador
  • I would like to continue participating, once or twice a year, year after year after year…as long as our job involves Kitchen Performance Tests or other significant, direct contact with villagers. It’s the most meaningful international volunteer work I’ve ever done.

    Sara Marvin, Volunteer (March 2012, Mexico)

Awards

In 2009, founder Nancy Hughes was awarded Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award, one of only 122 worldwide. In the same year she was also recognized as an American Red Cross Everyday Hero.

In 2011 Nancy was the recipient of the prestigious International Purpose Prize and was named Whitman College Alumna of Merit.

In 2012 Nancy received the Soroptimist International of Junction City Ruby Award, and the Eugene Southtowne Rotary Club Ken Goyer Humanitarian Service Award.

In 2013 Nancy was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change and was honored as a CNN Hero.

StoveTeam International has been featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Peace Corps Magazine, Whitman Magazine, the Oregon Quarterly,  Eugene Weekly, Eugene Register-Guard, Sun Valley Magazine, and The Rotarian.

Since its inception, StoveTeam International has been supported by grants from over 50 Rotary clubs, and it is Nancy's hope that you will continue to assist with this important work by participating in a volunteer trip or donating to StoveTeam International.

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