Many tea gardens and smallholder farmers use traditional cooking on open fires, which can cause eye and respiratory problems as a result of indoor smoke.
Clean-cook stoves burn less wood, emit less smoke, and reduce the cost and the time required to collect firewood – work often done by women. These stoves also help protect the environment and reduce health risks by producing clean, affordable energy – a key priority for providing decent housing.
In Assam, India we worked with Mercy Corps to train local potters to make, sell, repair and maintain clay clean-cook stoves in tea gardens. This provides the potters with additional household earnings.