OUR GOAL

The challenge of sustainability:

Our goal for Latin America in 2020: Improving the life quality of 1 Million families in rural communities .
Accomplishment of 1 Million
Families using
the technology
Tons of Co2
Emission Reductions
Tons of Wood
Wood savings
Families happy with
the improved cookstove

Social, economic and environmental certified results

The Gold Standard, an internationally recognized certification body, verifies and certifies the results of the Qori Q’oncha program and the Utsil Naj program:

Control of deforestation.

Reduction of CO2 emissions.

Diminution of mortality from respiratory diseases.

Quality of life improvement.

Training and involvement of local actors.

Local economic benefits.

The Improved Cookstove

In the world, more than 3 billion people still cook on traditional stoves with solid fuel and 3,7 million people die each year from causes related to this combustion. It corresponds to 1 person dying every 8.5 seconds.

In Peru 2,000,000 families cook with solid fuels on open fires inside their homes and in many cases, without ventilation exposing people to smoke, dust and toxic gases generated by the combustion.This indoor pollution explains the significant incidence of acute respiratory and lung diseases in Andean rural families.

It is possible to improve this situation through the construction and use of improved cookstoves that evacuates the smoke from the house through a chimney.

About Technology

Improved cookstoves are simple and eco-friendly technologies, with two main features:

The chimney evacuates the smoke outside the house.
The combustion chamber ensures a higher thermal efficiency than traditional systems.


The technology also has other advantages such as:

Considerable saving of fuel (wood).
More safety by reducing the risk of injury (insulation of the combustion chamber and protection of cookware).
Improved hygiene.
Functional facility that improves the comfort of the cook.


Improved cookstoves of the Qori Q’oncha program are constructed from locally available materials: cob structure, ceramic combustion chamber and insulation made with ash.

Impacts

The improved cookstoves generate environmental and social impacts certified under the Gold Standard:

Reduction of deforestation.

Reduction of CO2 emissions.

Mortality decrease related to respiratory diseases.

Improvement of living conditions.

Capacity building and involvement of local actors.

The Water Filter

Improving water, sanitation, and hygiene may well be the single most-effective intervention towards enhancing human health and preventing illness and death in the Americas. The progress has been uneven in the region, and significant gaps remain between and within countries. Moreover, about 38 million people (7% of the Region’s total population) still lack access to improved drinking water sources.

Microsol decided to tackle this problem, including water filter technology in its Cental American PoA Utsil Naj.

About the Technology

This technology enables the population to have direct access to safe water. Thus, it allows to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted by the water boiling purification technique.

The specific technology model or practice that will be established may vary in some details, due to:

The specific needs of the population.
The ability and experience of each Local Partner.
The presence and nature of local materials often used in the construction process.


Utsil Naj works with 2 technologies:

A gravity water filter with a ceramic candle.
A water purifier that combines fiber membrane and ultraviolet light.

Impacts

The water filters generate environmental and social impacts certified under the Gold Standard:

Reduction of deforestation.

Reduction of CO2 emissions.

Mortality decrease related to respiratory diseases.

Improvement of living conditions.

Capacity building and involvement of local actors.

Financing sustainability over time

We believe that anyone can become a key actor in a synergy process towards change. Therefore, we want to strengthen your commitment to the fight against climate change through the support to the most vulnerable rural communities by investing in high quality projects.

Thanks to this investment, our programs will be able to be sustained over time and continue to achieve high quality economic, social and environmental results.

Advantages

Strong communication and marketing potential.
Simple technologies with strong environmental, social and economic benefits.
Certified and durable outcomes.
Fairness and transparency.

Commitment and involvement for change.

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