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In the village of El Mezcalito in Honduras, Bernadina Vasquez Calix, 51, prepares to cook a meal on her family's biogas stove. Photo: Russell Powell.
In the village of El Mezcalito in Honduras, Bernadina Vasquez Calix, 51, prepares to cook a meal on her family's biogas stove. Photo: Russell Powell.

Biogas Stoves

Smokeless Stoves Allow Cleaner Cooking

By using manure to make fuel, Heifer farmers are able to stop cutting forests for firewood. The stoves save families money on fuel costs, allows people to cook twice as quickly and keeps homes from turning black with soot.

Imagine having to cook inside a small kitchen, having to burn the wood in an area with little ventilation. The simple act of cooking breakfast could make you sick from the smoke inhalation. Yet that's the reality many poor families face every day.

The great news is that the same Heifer International livestock that provide these families with nutrition and income have something else to offer. Their waste can provide a clean, odorless cooking fuel that is easier on both the environment and improving health for users. Communities around the world, with Heifer's help, are beginning to build and use biogas generators.

You can find out more about how caring for the environment is crucial to ending hunger and poverty.

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