Open fire or three stones form of cooking are commonly used in rural Kenyans areas. They contribute to deforestation because women’s spend long hours in the forest collecting fuelwood and even sometimes risk their lives from being trampled by wild animals. Besides contributing to deforestation, three stone method of cooking contribute to respiratory related diseases such as cancer, running eyes, severe coughing and deaths of children who are exposed to smoke as their mothers prepare foods.
Mount Kenya Environmental Conservation is working with community members especially most vulnerable to provide energy conservation stoves which are fuel efficient and smokeless. These stoves consume 2 kilograms of fuelwood in a day compared to three stones which consumes more than 15 kilograms of fuelwood in a day. Women can now work in the field instead of spending whole day in the forest collecting fuelwood. Every beneficiary of cookstove plant at least 15 trees on their farm. They just need to prune branches of trees to prepare meals instead of cutting down trees.