Qori Q'oncha - Peru

Families in Peru use clean cooking technology
to improve their quality of life and fight against climate change.


In the highlands of Peru, where temperatures can drop below 0°C during the winter, households use biofuels to prepare their food and heat their homes. It is important to note that in these harsh conditions, an open fire stove is often the only technology available. As a result, respiratory conditions related to air pollution in homes are common.

Additionally, these open stoves are inefficient and consume large amounts of biofuels; generating additional pressure on Andean forests and forest plantations.

Qori Q'oncha was created to address these challenges. Switching to improved cookstoves reduces firewood consumption, lowers carbon emissions. It also expels harmful gases out of the user's home, while helping to contribute to the conservation of forests.

The families that use the improved cookstoves enjoy a better quality of life by reducing the overall environmental impact.

Project Details


Peru, South America - 2008


Improved Kitchens


Sustainable Development Goals:



The program

Qori Q'oncha – Peru was created to help face these challenges in an innovative way. Evidence shows that the adoption of improved stoves reduces the amount of firewood used, lowers carbon emissions, and expels toxic gases out of users' homes.

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The Project has been adapted to meet the needs of local communities, prior analysis of current public policies and identification of the gaps on which our contribution can generate an impact. The combined action of these initiatives allows the project to be founded and adapted to the local context. Maintaining the participation and empowerment of local communities is also key to ensuring the long-term success of the project. This is one of the big reasons why we work closely with local communities, in order to ensure that the most appropriate solution is implemented and maintained over time.

golden cookstoves

Qori Q'oncha, which means “golden stoves” in Quechua, was the first program to be registered with the Gold Standard quality label (2008), the first program to implement improved stoves and to issue carbon credits. It has generated six grants of carbon credits corresponding to 2.2 million euros issued to different local partners for the sustainability of their projects. It currently includes projects in six regions of Peru: Piura, Cajamarca, Huancavelica, La Libertad, Pasco and Junín.

Social impact

To date, more than ten years after implementing the first improved stove, Qori Q'oncha not only supports families to adapt to the effects of climate change, but also contributes to the restoration of Andean forests. The program also supports families to improve their quality of life, since it reduces pollution inside the homes and allows them to have more time for other income-generating activities.


Qori Q'oncha is proud to be the first improved kitchen program in the world certified with the prestigious Gold Standard. The positive impacts on our communities and our planet are carefully measured and reported as contributions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), defined by the United Nations Organization.


“Thanks to my new kitchen I don't have to spend as much time collecting firewood and I have more time to dedicate myself to agriculture”

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Casaorcco Community - Ayacucho, Peru

“We use the stove every day. We no longer have as much smoke, we spend less firewood and the food heats up faster. We save on gas because we hardly use it”

Hermelinda Medina Orozco

Community of El Fresno - Michoacán, Mexico