Utsil Naj - Guatemala
Families in Guatemala use clean cooking technology to improve their quality of life and fight climate change
Central America It is one of the regions most affected by climate change in the world. Particularly Guatemala, since it is located in the “Dry Corridor”, a region vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This threatens the security and means of income of the communities; particularly those that depend on their crops as a source of income and food. A significant proportion of these rural communities still cook on open stoves with biomass.
As a result, families cut down more trees, use more firewood, and produce more smoke every time they need to cook. This generates a great impact on the environment and your health.
The Utsil Naj Guatemala Project seeks to address these challenges in an innovative way. The use of improved stoves reduces firewood consumption, reduces carbon emissions, and also expels gases
harmful outside the user's home. This reduces indoor air pollution, one of the leading causes of various heart and lung diseases in rural communities.
WHERE AND WHEN:
Guatemala, Central America - 2013
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Project / Guatemala
The Utsil Naj Project in Guatemala seeks to address these challenges in an innovative way. Switching to the use of improved stoves reduces the use of firewood, reduces carbon emissions and expels toxic gases out of users' homes. This dramatically reduces air pollution inside homes.
IMPACT SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAM
This Project is certified by 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.
“I have bad eyesight and this has helped me a lot. I can also ask my children for help because they don't have the risk of getting burned by some wood.”
Ligia Boj Saban
“Before I used a lot of firewood, now I don't use as much, this firewood costs 450 per cent.” tarei as we say. But now I can save firewood thanks to God and his help.”