Proyecto Mirador projects fund the construction of Dos por Tres fuel efficient stoves in rural Central America. The Dos por Tres stoves remove toxic smoke from homes, reduce CO2 emissions that cause global warming, save trees and create jobs.
Families located in rural areas of Honduras typically cook for up to 8 hours a day on woodburning cookstoves that consume high amounts of wood and are poorly ventilated. These traditional cookstoves can cause serious health issues from inhalation of toxic wood smoke (29 known carcinogens). The Dos por Tres stove cooks faster than the traditional stove, uses half as much wood, and gets the smoke out of the kitchen. It is also constructed from local, inexpensive materials.
Commencing carbon credit issuance in 2009, Proyecto Mirador became just the fourth stove project in the world to become Gold Standard certified. Since then, the Dos por Tres stove has reduced carbon emissions by more than two million tonnes of CO2 equivalent.
- Improvements in respiratory health – field tests indicate a 47% reduction in particulate matter in the homes of those with a Dos Por Tres stove
- Significant wood savings (3,600 pounds of wood per year or about 5.2-9.6 trees per stove per year over the life of the stove)
- 27 microenterprises, 221 part-time or full-time jobs created
- Over 240,000 stoves built in rural areas through Proyecto Mirador, benefitting >1 million people
- Stoves are custom built into individual homes