Clean Cookstoves

The Zanmi Pye Bwa

An example of the Zanmi Pye Bwa (Haitian Creole for "Friend of the Trees.") cookstove.

An example of the Zanmi Pye Bwa
(Haitian Creole for "Friend of the Trees.") cookstove.

The Zanmi Pye Bwa (Haitian Creole for "Friend of the Trees") clean cookstove is a charcoal cookstove developed by Trees, Water & People and our partners. This stove was specifically designed to be manufactured and sold in Haiti. The design is similar to a popular improved cookstove already in the local market, but makes use of insulation, properly-sized flue gaps, and a smaller fuel bowl to deliver heat more effectively. In testing, the Zanmi Pye Bwa cookstove shows a 40% reduction in charcoal use which translates to huge fuel savings for Haitian families, while, at the same time, decreasing deforestation throughout the country.

Haiti is known for its talented metal workers, so it followed that the Zanmi Pye Bwa could be created using their skills. Centralizing production without a factory site is challenging, but we can offer workers steady and dignified employment in a country where 40% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, those who purchase the cookstoves save 20% of their annual household income, money that would have been spent on purchasing expensive charcoal.