Clean Cookstoves

Providing a Clean Burning Solution

Imagine a kitchen appliance so deadly that it wiped out the entire population of West Virginia in a single year. That is exactly the situation in developing countries where 2 million people die annually from respiratory illnesses caused by smoke inhalation from unclean cookstoves. Charcoal cookstoves let off hazardous smoke and leave countries devastated from the destruction of trees to make the charcoal.

As a member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, SHAPE is helping reverse the problems caused by charcoal stoves. In 2011, we conducted a field test with the Protos plant oil stove manufactured by Bosch and Siemens Home Appliances. We are researching other types of stoves, including a briquette cookstove. We plan to introduce clean cookstoves in Burundi and Haiti when our field tests are successfully completed.

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Sewing Center

We are working with Imagine to teach women sewing in Kamakara, Cibitoke. The products the women sew are sold in their communities to provide a steady income for their families. The photos are of five women who were taught to sew sanitary pads. The project materials were provided by SHAPE International and Crossroads Fellowship Church. The pattern and teaching materials were provided by GAIN.

Community Development

We raise money for community development projects managed by our partner, Imagine Terimbere. Imagine Terimbere teaches Burundi communities to raise their own food in community gardens and to make and sell products to support their families. Our current projects with Imagine include a women's center and building water tanks for community schools.

Women's Center

Soap Production

Helping to Boost the Local Economy

We have partnered with Imagine and Pacha Soap to provide health and hygiene training in Burundi, Africa. Our partners are promoting sustainability by building soap making shops that employ local people and use local ingredients to make soap. Funds raised go towards building kiosks where soap and other products are sold.


A Clean Water Solution

A Clean Water Solution

In the time it takes you to read this paragraph, a child will die from a water related disease. Surprisingly, 1 out of 8 people in the world still do not have access to clean water.

Through our partnership with Imagine, we are hiring local workers in Burundi to build water tanks. The tanks hold between 1000 and 1500 gallonsĀ of rain water for drinking. We have provided clean drinking water to 3500 children with water tanks at 4 schools.

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