WHY WE ARE UNIQUE
After 13 years of learning, experience, and collaboration with local community members, CEDESOL dedicated team has been actively adapting its methods and programs to ensure a higher success and retention rate of ecological cookers in rural Bolivian communities. One of the main problems that many organizations face is the local’s desire to continue cooking as they have for hundreds of years. Their traditional cooking methods are familiar and effective.
How does CEDESOL change the habits of rural Bolivian families in order to prevent damages to the environment and one’s health?
By first gaining an understanding of the day to day life of rural Bolivian families, our team has been able to capture the needs and desires of the people. After thirteen years of interviews, surveys, and updates on the success of past projects our team has now attempted to produce stoves and programs that fit our customers. Additionally, our latest Toro Toro project which worked to implement solar cookers throughout 11 different schools has partnered closely with community members. Through the approval of the Mayor of the municipality and school district supervisors, CEDESOL has been guidance and insight on how to ensure success within schools.
More recently, CEDESOL has developed an Modular Environmental Training (MET) program to help communities understand the importance of clean cook-stoves. By first present environmentally friendly habits such as waste management, the 3 R’s, and sewage management, CEDESOL has raised awareness about the importance of maintaining the environment and its resources. Additionally, CEDESOL has taught locals the importance of clean cook-stoves on one’s health and the consequences of the burning of biomass. The training includes basic first aid, hygiene, and health.
Most importantly, CEDESOL works with the communities so that the people feel as if this project is their own. By taking charge of their own health and well-being, CEDESOL believes that the locals are empowered to ensure the success of the project. Children are also targeted as important contributing factors in transitioning the community into becoming more environmentally conscious. By installing “green patrols” and promoting children as agents of change, children are able to pass on their knowledge to upcoming generations, creating a chain of sustainable habits
Before the inception of CEDESOL, its founders dedicated a lot of their time gaining expertise with clean cook-stoves by designing, building, and promoting these ecological cooking systems. After 13 years in the field, the team has worked to better its methods. With dedicated founders, staff members, and volunteers who have believed in CEDESOL’s mission – using renewable energy to empower the disempowered – the organization has been able to spread the breadth of its reach and continue to pursue its goals.