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International Project: Papua New Guinea


Stove: Zoom Dura 24cm
Project Type: Development
Quantity of Stoves to Date: 1,300
Project Stage: Pilot
Implementing Partner: CARE International

Project Description:

CARE International Papua New Guinea is working on a remote atoll called Nissan to implement a Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program.

Small islands in the Pacific such as Nissan are some of the most prone to the negative effects of climate change. CARE’s program there works to address such things as food shortage, access to clean water, DRR, nutrition & maternal health. Creating access to clean cooking and conservation of wood resources aligns with this program and was seen as the most appropriate next step in it's implementation.

We categorize this project as a “Development” project because the initial stoves are being given away. However, other organizations in PNG have expressed interest in establishing commercial programs in more accessible parts of the island to sell more stoves. Nissan is serving as a sort of testing ground for the reception and uptake of the stove in not just PNG, but other parts of the Pacific.


Unique Project Aspects:

Isolation: Nissan is extremely isolated – a four hour boat ride on the open seas from the nearest remote airport. Although there is trade between Nissan and Buka island, it operates more like a barter than a cash economy. The introduction of a new technology like the Zoom Dura stands to have huge impact on everyday life.

Saturation: Every household on Nissan will receive a stove at the same time. So, all households in the community will see the health, time and environmental benefits of using the stove together. Nissan residents are already oriented to how deforestation contributes to climate change and want to use less firewood.

Pilot Feedback:

The ten stoves that were sent to Nissan as samples for CARE (before a whole container was ordered) generated some great results. A few mothers commented that before the stove, they would only cook two meals a day. After using the stove, they began also cooking lunch because the stove cooks faster. This aligns well with the message from CARE’s maternal health program, which tells mothers to eat several small meals a day instead of one or two big meals. 

Project Feedback:

Six months after the stoves were distributed, one of CARE's Community Base Adaptation staff emailed us with some feedback.

"People said that they are being relieved from hard work from using open fire. The stove is good because it produces less smoke; no more sicknesses such as coughing and watery eyes and fathers also helps with cooking. By using the stove, food cooks fast and children go to school early. Trees from the forest are safe now and people can use it while gardening and when they go out fishing. Nissan islanders are very glad about the stoves!"

We are happy to hear it and are in talks with the first organization looking to set up a commercial program on a nearby island.

Check out the blog post that zoomer Meg wrote about her experience traveling to PNG to conduct stove training with CARE staff and end users during the distribution.

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