The Utsil Naj large-scale programme has been designed as a multi-technology programme of activities for Latin America. It aims to disseminate technologies with strong social impacts to poor populations of the continent in order to improve their living conditions in a sustainable way. The target populations are rural beneficiaries who are often the most vulnerable communities. Utsil Naj currently has 11 project developers in four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The program includes appropriate technologies such as water filters and improved cookstoves. To date, the programme has installed more than 26 000 improved cookstoves, benefitting about 100,000 people living in poverty.
One of the cookstove distribution programmes, Patsari, the GIRA’s improved cookstove, was acknowledge with an Ashden Award for reducing the respiratory disease by 30% and eye infections by 50% , this was all thanks to a 70% reduction in indoor air pollution. The technologies of the programme enable the populations to improve their quality of life having direct access to safe water and clean and efficient cookstoves.
Project impacts and benefits:
Project impacts include health, social, environmental and economic benefits. The improved cookstoves are great tools for women empowerment, allowing them to cook more quickly, but also to reduce the chore of wood and freeing up time for the education of children. These stoves are also more efficient, therefore reducing CO2 emissions and helping to decrease deforestation. The water filter enables the population to have direct access to safe water.
Here are some benefits of the programme:
- Enabled about 100,000 people to use these appropriate technologies
- Reduced carbon emissions
- Reduced wood consumption and therefore deforestation
- Saved in fuel expenditure, or time for wood collection
- A drastic reduction in smoke exposure
- Reduced 30% of respiratory diseases, and 50% of eye infections with the Patsari improved cookstoves
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