We save lives and forests

What we do

StoveTeam helps local entrepreneurs establish factories in Latin America. These self-sustaining businesses produce safe, affordable, fuel-efficient cookstoves to replace dangerous open cooking fires. Ecocina factories have produced more than 56,334 stoves, improving the lives of more than 422,505 people.

StoveTeam's model has been awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Award for Developing Local Markets for our innovative approach creating local employment while improving health and reducing air pollution.

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With your help, we can do more!

50 for 50 Campaign

Help ensure 50 Guatemalan women living in extreme poverty receive the life-saving benefits of a fuel-efficient Ecocina cookstove.

The Need

Smoke from indoor cooking fires is a leading cause of death of children under age five. It kills eight times as many people as malaria.

Help Start a Factory

Start a project to build a factory. Volunteer to help with the construction or involve your Rotary club to help a local entrepreneur get started.

How StoveTeam Started

In 2007, Nancy Hughes and a team of volunteers wrote a Rotary matching grant and invented a small portable stove – the Ecocina, which produced almost no smoke and used less than half the wood of an open fire.

The Ecocina

Locally produced Ecocina cookstoves reduce wood consumption and harmful pollutants.


Volunteer for a StoveTeam trip to Central America. Volunteers from ages 10 to 85 have joined us on past trips. You'll help change lives…including your own.

Find out how your Rotary club can help

For more information about a volunteer trip, sponsoring a factory or creating a matching grant, contact us!