You are here

Clean Stove Initiative

A Global Peace Foundation project in:

Nearly 3 billion people prepare food for their families using an open fire in their home. This inefficient cooking method exposes users to dangerous pollutants and impacts livelihoods due to the high cost of fuel.

The Clean Stove Initiative eliminates preventable deaths of mothers and children caused by open cooking fires in developing and newly industrialized countries by providing cleaner and more efficient alternatives.

Women are taught how to make their own clay stoves using local resources using a method that is simple, affordable, and easily teachable to others.  These stoves provide health benefits, efficiency, cleanliness, aesthetics, and affordability. 

Project Details

Activities: Global Peace Women, the women’s division of the Global Peace Foundation, began implementation of the Clean Stove Initiative in Uganda in early 2013.  The project has been working with Ugandan women in the villages of Nabisweera and Mijeera in the Nakasongola District; Kyomunembe and Nyaibarukya in the Kibaale District; and multiple villages in the Mukonu District. The project has expanded to villages in Kenya and Nepal.

Process: Clean Stove Initiative trains women in the process of constructing efficient clay stoves, oversees the construction as women perfect their craft, and contributed to the few building materials that are not available locally.  

Unlike traditional three-stone open fires, the clay stove burns fuel efficiently and completely, ensuring that no toxic gases are emitted into the home as the fuel burns.  This process also creates a hotter fire that requires less wood. The stoves are made from local clay and a special filter to funnel out harmful gases.

Women are key players in the construction process. They collect and prepare the construction materials, build the stoves alongside their neighbors, and teach others about the construction process, sharing this technical knowledge on their social networks.  

When stove construction began in Uganda, villagers imprinted “Global Peace Women” on their stoves before the clay dried. Women proudly explained to the Clean Stove Initiative staff that this branding embodied their sense of membership in a worldwide women's movement. 

Latest News

By Jinhoon LeeCould you imagine enduring the stinging burn of smoke in your eyes, nose, and lungs every day to prepare the food necessary to keep you and your family alive?
Published on 19/06/2019
Clean Stoves in Uganda
Published on 21/10/2013
The Global Peace Foundation’s Clean Stove Initiative, which provides families with clean stoves that limit deadly indoor air pollution, is expanding from Uganda to Kenya through an initiative of Global Peace Women. 
Published on 14/10/2013
Eager participants gathered around to see a demonstration of a clean stove after hearing about the effects of the popular “three stone” stove that has caused severe respiratory problems, including lung cancer, affecting millions world-wide.
Published on 31/07/2013