The fight to create cookstoves that don't kill – Vignette

The fight to create cookstoves that don’t kill

for ONE Campaign

Vignette, through funding provided by the ONE campaign, documented stories about energy poverty across Sub Saharan Africa.

There are a whole range of problems associated with open cook fires – from leaving women vulnerable to attack while collecting firewood, to high death tolls related to the inhalation of smoke, and mass environmental impact from half the world’s population cooking with solid fuels like wood, animal dung, charcoal and other pollutants. Solutions abound as many entrepreneurs develop more efficient cookstoves, but adaptation is still very low. This story documents the struggle for adaptation and the challenge innovators face as they try to convince people to change century old habits for the sake of the planet.

The challenge for this assignment was to find a story that global readers would find compelling about an issue that is hard to tell a impactful story about without losing the interest of the viewers.

This story was featured on the Huffington Post.

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