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Review for StoveTeam International, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The work that this organization does is a win/win/win/win/win/win/win/win.
Win 1: The factories they help to establish in developing countries provide needed employment opportunities and support local economies when supplies are purchased. Win 2: The stoves produced by those factories reduce the amount of firewood needed, thereby reducing the amount of time families need to spend either looking for firewood or earning money to buy firewood (which is Win 3). Win 4: The reduction in wood use reduces deforestation, which helps reduce mudslides in the rainy season (which is Win 5). Win 6: The stoves also greatly reduce the amount of emissions and particulate matter, thereby reducing numerous illnesses, especially respiratory (which is Win 7). Win 8: The exterior of the stove is warm (not hot) to the touch, so its use greatly reduces the likelihood of burns, compared to cooking over an pen fire.

Role:  Board Member