Utsil Naj - Mexico

Clean cooking technology helps families in Mexico enjoy their traditional food in a healthy and sustainable way


It is estimated that in Mexico alone around 20%* of the population cooks with firewood. As a result, families must cut down more trees, use more firewood, and produce more smoke every time they cook. This generates a great impact on the environment and your health.

Additionally, climate change has impacted many rural communities in Mexico. In particular, hurricanes and floods have caused significant damage to many small farming communities that are particularly vulnerable.

*Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS).

The Utsil Naj México Project seeks to address these challenges in an innovative way. Switching to improved stoves reduces firewood use, reduces carbon emissions, and also expels harmful gases out of users' homes. This reduces air pollution inside homes and contributes to the preservation of forests and biodiversity. With this solution, rural families in Mexico can improve their health, prevent deforestation and participate in the global fight against climate change.

Programme Details


Mexico - 2013


Improved Stoves


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):



Project / Mexico

The Utsil Naj Program seeks to address these challenges in an innovative way. The shift to 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 and contributes to the preservation of forests and biodiversity.

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A healthy home for all

Utsil Naj, which means “A healthy home for all” in Mayan, was established in 2012 and includes Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. The challenge of having projects in different countries is due to the fact that each place presents its own characteristics. For this reason, it has been particularly important to consider the needs and perceptions of each community, as well as the local context and regulations, before designing any solution.

Mexico Project

Utsil Naj – Mexico has generated two grants of low-carbon contributions that correspond to 622 thousand euros issued to different partners for the sustainability of their initiatives. Currently, the project is present in six regions: Sonora, Michoacán, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz, Oaxaca and the State of Mexico.

Social impact

This approach has allowed Utsil Naj – Mexico to remain sustainable and generate lasting benefits for almost 10 years. Along with the environmental impacts of the project, Utsil Naj has resulted in profound social and economic impacts on each of the families, since it has reduced both the risk of heart and lung diseases, as well as the time needed for cooking-related tasks. . Utsil Naj also helps create awareness among local authorities and promotes the implementation of community projects with adequate monitoring over time, since most public initiatives have so far failed to ensure the sustainability of their projects beyond the first year.


The 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.


“Yes, it (the improved stove) has benefited us a lot, because -previously- we used a lot of firewood and it was wasted. Thanks to the support they gave us, we saved a lot of firewood.”

Andres Pena Bautista

San Antonio Monteverde - Oaxaca, Mexico

“Before I used an open stove. Then they gave us the stove and now I cook and grind faster. It is safer because the flame and smoke no longer come out.”

Enedina Santiago

Guadalupe Monteverde - Oaxaca, Mexico