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End this toxic smoke while cooking dinner

Chulha is a stove designed to limit the dangerous health conditions caused by traditions of indoor cooking in many rural areas of the developing world.

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The stove is being made available by Philips Design to the universe of social entrepreneurs so that they can, free of charge, produce the stove, themselves, and generate local business while helping counter what the World Health Organization estimates is some 1.6 million deaths per year from conditions prompted by the toxic fumes of indoor cooking with “bio-mass” fuels (wood, dung, peat, etc.).

I believe this makes a great opportunity for local people in Caldas.


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This is a wonderful idea, one which prevents incidence of many diseases. There have been many attempts at solving this issue but there have been couple of challenges which most of them faced viz.

1) The repair and maintenance of the system (some of them like the one above have overcome this by employing locals to make it)
2) One of the other lesser published reason is that the new chulas have not been ideal for cooking the staple food of the people whom it designed for (roti/phulkas in India)

I just wanted to add my note so that it would help anyone who wants to work on improving the model. Wonderful inspiration.

Keerthi, thanks for the note...So, do you know if people still use their conventional way of preparing rotis even in the presence of a new chulha at their homes?

I run Grassroutes (http://www.grassroutes.in) an initiative to sensitize young people to development sector by mapping them to organizations in rural India.

There are couple of fellows who went to rural Uttarakhand who were telling me about this. They told me that people still use the age-old Chula for rotis as the smokeless Chula has proved to be less than ideal to make rotis.

So, we have first hand information for the limitations of the chulas...thanks for sharing. It would be interesting to find out if for the preparation of arepas (the columbian equivalent of rotis) the people will face the same challenges...checked the webpage- great fellowship program you have!

That is great info, would be great if Philips do an alternation to the design (e.g. model - Chulha: Rotis+) and find out how to make it better fit to make Rotis. The feedback design iteration step would be great for any social entrepreneur too to get buy-in and users to actually use the product based on their original intent.

Eric

That is great info, would be great if Philips do an alternation to the design (e.g. model - Chulha: Rotis+) and find out how to make it better fit to make Rotis. The feedback design iteration step would be great for any social entrepreneur too to get buy-in and users to actually use the product based on their original intent.

Eric

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