Improved cookstoves decrease the amount of harmful smoke inhaled by women and children, reducing respiratory disease and other related health issues. 4.3 million people die prematurely every year from illnesses attributable to household air pollution caused by cooking with solid fuels.
Improved cookstoves burn fuel (such as charcoal and wood) more efficiently, alleviating the financial pressure of this daily need. Nearly 3 billion people rely on open fires and simple stoves that burn solid fuels like wood, animal dung, and coal to cook their food.
Improved cookstoves burn biomass more efficiently, helping to mitigate deforestation and other associated environmental pressures. Up to 25% of black carbon emissions come from burning solid fuels for household energy needs.
Solar lighting reduces eye strain, resulting in better sight throughout the course of a lifetime while eliminating noxious kerosene fumes and the risk of fire in the home.
Replacing the ongoing costs of kerosene and candles, solar lighting pays for itself within a year when financed through a bank. Rural households across the planet spend up to 25% of their yearly income on kerosene for lighting.
Solar buys extra time in the evening for the family, for study and for extended business hours. It also offers extra benefits such as charging mobile phones, radios and other electronics.
Water filters reduce exposure to waterborne disease such as a cholera and other debilitating conditions. Worldwide, 780 million people do not have access to an improved water source.
Water filters save families the cost of fuel used to boil water and the cost of medical treatments. Improved water sources reduce diarrhea morbidity by 21%.
Less boiling water means less need for firewood or charcoal, and less carbon released into the atmosphere.