At GoSun, we have the goal of reducing the use of wood for cooking fuel, thus decreasing respiratory illnesses and restoring forests while saving money and time for impoverished families.
Today nearly 3 Billion people cook with dirty fuel sources, such as wood, dung or charcoal. As a result, the second leading cause of death on Earth is smoke inhalation related illness.
The simple act of cooking food is a complicated matter for nearly half of the world population. Three billion people on our planet rely on wood for cooking fuel, which results in harmful consequences to women, children and the environment.
First, the wood must be gathered. In rural areas, women walk an average of 2.5 miles one way and spend 50 hours a week collecting wood. Oftentimes, children, especially girls are pulled out of school to help with the family’s cooking needs, continuing the trend of illiteracy and the cycle of poverty.
Once wood is collected, the cooking process predominantly occurs indoors. For cultural reasons, families do not want to reveal their financial status, which can be judged by the type of food being prepared. Due to poor ventilation, smoke inhalation is a major problem, which leads to increased respiratory problems. Families typically do not have funds to pay for medical care, creating tough choices about whether or not to forego fuel, education, or healthcare.
How GoSun Helps
The GoSun Stove does not emit any smoke and typically takes less time to cook than conventional methods. By getting GoSun Stoves into the hands of impoverished families worldwide, vital resources of time and health can be preserved and deforestation decreased.
Since cultural barriers such as cooking outdoors, recipe modification and taste may exist, GoSun Stove will address these through a Technology Transfer and Integration Program to facilitate the switch to cooking in the GoSun Stove.
We’ve created a value proposition addressing key elements such as:
- User motivation
- Avoided health issues/expenses
- Ease of use
- Recipe Modification
- Appropriate timing for solar cooking
One of every Six GoSun’s made will go to a family in need to break the cycle of poverty through our Technology Transfer and Integration Program.
Current Partnering Organizations:
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves – GoSun Stove is a partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private initiative led by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and preserve the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean cooking solutions.
Sonlight Power- A Honduras, Chiapas Mexico
Sonlight Power’s mission is to make an immediate and lasting impact in regions with no supply of affordable electricity – which obstructs education for children, hinders the quality of medical care, and makes everyday life even more challenging for people in these areas. The GoSun stove will join with these efforts to play a key piece in the effort to use sustainable technology to empower.
Friends of Belle-Riviere- Belle-Riviere, Haiti
Friends of Belle-Rivière (FBR) hopes to assist the residents of Belle-Rivière in the long-term development of their community by meeting basic human needs for food, clean water, health, education, and sustainable commerce. It is essential that these goals are accomplished through representatives of the community. In Haiti, projects are prioritized and facilitated by a group of local coordinators called Team for the Progress of the Community (TPC). FBR seeks to equip this group with organization, perspective, connection, and resource.
How Your Organization (Nonprofit, NGO) Can Help:
The GoSun team is currently looking for regional leaders or champions who can help access families in need.